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Migrate Projects from VS2008 to VS2013/VS2015

 
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Introduction

Many of our demo projects are developed in Visual Studio 2008, if you are working on the latest Windows Embedded Compact compatible Visual Studio versions like VS2013/VS2015, this article will provide you with step by step instructions to easily migrate the project from VS2008 to VS2013/VS2015.

Note: Before migrating, first check if your project is clean. This means that there should not be any Intellisense File (.ncb), solution user options file(.suo) and user options file(*.user).

Instructions

You must have all generic settings in the ** *.vcproj** file. Basically, the project files need to be nearly empty (only file references and platforms need to be listed there).

  1. Create a copy of the *.sln file of the project.

    • Rename *.sln and add _VS2015.sln or _VS2013.sln suffix
  2. Open *_VS2015.sln or _VS2013.sln file in a text editor like Notepad++.

    • Search for Toradex_CE800 (ARMV7) or Toradex_CE600 (ARMv4I) and replace it by Toradex_CE800
    • Open *.vcproj file in a text editor.
    • Search for Toradex_CE800 (ARMV7) or Toradex_CE600 (ARMv4I) in the configuration loop of file and replace it by Toradex_CE800. Do not replace them with the library paths.
  3. Open *_VS2015.sln file in VS2015 or VS2013

    • Run the migration process and click yes on the missing platforms
    • Once the migration is done, remove the Win32 platforms which have been added automatically
      [Build][Configuration Manager][Active solution platforms]

    • Revert the changes on the *.vcproj files

    • As most required settings are part of the *.props files, you should now be able to build the project.