How to backup your visual studio 2005 settings

It has always been a tedious job to set up your Visual Studio settings when you change machines or companies, create a new Virtual Machine with Visual Studio to test something, or reinstall your Visual Studio. Now, using the Visual Studio Setting in the Cloud feature of Telerik JustCode you can synchronize your Visual Studio settings between every machine with Visual Studio and JustCode installed.

By using this feature you’ll be able to:

  • Save and download all or a selection of your Visual Studio settings
  • Create and store a Visual Studio settings backup in the cloud and restore as needed
  • Automatically download your Visual Studio settings whenever they are changed
  • Keep different sets of settings for different versions of Visual Studio
  • Save and sync extension settings kept in Visual Studio’s settings

You can initially setup the JustCode cloud feature from the Getting Started Dialog; just go to the third page and enter your Telerik user credentials. From this screen, you also have the option to enable the “Automatic download of VS settings” feature.

JustCode Cloud Features

Manually save VS settings in the cloud

If you are not a fan of tools doing things automatically and taking control away from you, you will love the manual cloud sync feature provided by JustCode. To use this feature, go to “Options -> Cloud Sync” and press the “Upload VS Settings” button.

A dialog is displayed allowing you to choose which Visual Studio settings to save in the cloud.

Finally, press the “OK” button to save your changes.

The next time you manually save your Visual Studio Settings in the cloud, JustCode displays the “JC Cloud Upload” dialog with your previous preferences already selected.

Manually download VS settings from the cloud

You can also manually download your Visual Studio cloud settings. To do this, press the “Download VS Settings” button from the “Cloud Sync” page.

In the displayed dialog, select the settings you want to download.

Automatically download VS settings from the cloud

If you want to use the same Visual Studio settings on every machine and do not want to manually download the cloud settings every time they are changed, you will find the “Enable automatic download if cloud settings are changed” option of JustCode extremely useful. All you need to do is to enable it from the “Cloud Sync” page.

From now on, when you manually upload new Visual Studio settings to the cloud, JustCode will automatically download them the next time Visual Studio loads on your other machines, saving you a lot of tedious work.

This process is different from JustCode settings, which allows for automatic synchronization. The current version of the Visual Studio API does not allow the detection of Visual Studio settings changes. We considered a few scenarios to make this feature similar to the automatic sync feature, and we settled on requiring the manual uploading of Visual Studio settings. We may enable automatic synchronization of Visual Studio settings in the future when the Visual Studio API is updated to support this scenario.

Do you think this is the best solution? I created an item in the JustCode Feedback Portal that you can vote for or against. Please leave your suggestion if you prefer a different approach.

Keep different sets of settings for different versions of VS

You may run different versions of Visual Studio in different locations. For example, you may work in Visual Studio 2012 at home on your Win8 machine but must use VS2008 at work. In both cases, you have several instances running across several machines, and you would like to keep your settings synchronized, even if each version of Visual Studio has different settings. Here is what JustCode provides to help with this:

  1. You make setting changes on your work machines using VS2008. All of your settings are kept in sync between instances of VS2008 on the same machine and across different machines. Those settings do not affect your VS2012 settings at home.
  2. You change setting on your home machines using VS2012. All of your settings are kept in sync between instances of VS2012 on the same machine and across different machines. These settings do not affect your VS2008 settings at work.

Long story short – you are provided with a different set of cloud settings for each major version of Visual Studio and these sets do not affect each other.

Backup settings

To create a backup, go to “Options -> Cloud Sync -> Cloud Backup Settings” and enter a name for the new backup. Then press the “Create” button.

Select which settings to backup in the resulting dialog.

As a cloud backup, it will be available on all your machines, and you can restore the backup on any one of them.

To restore a backup, go to “Cloud Backup Settings” and select a backup. Press “Restore,” and select which settings to restore in the resulting dialog.

Sync extension settings between machines

The JustCode cloud feature not only synchronizes Visual Studio settings, it also synchronizes extensions settings that are stored in the Visual Studio settings file. JustCode makes it as easy to share your extensions settings across many machines as it does Visual Studio settings.

Summary

The JustCode cloud features allow you to synchronize your JustCode and Visual Studio settings across all of your machines. This eliminates the tedious task of exporting a Visual Studio settings file on one machine and then importing it on another. You can also create backup settings, allowing you to change settings between solutions with ease.

JustCode makes development faster, easier, and more efficient. If you still have not tried JustCode, what are you waiting for? Download the 30-day free trial today!

Chris Eargle

Chris Eargle is a Microsoft C# MVP with over a decade of experience designing and developing enterprise applications, and he runs the local .NET User Group: the Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild. He is a frequent guest of conferences and community events promoting best practices and new technologies. Chris is a native Carolinian; his family settled the Dutch Form region of South Carolina in 1752. He currently resides in Columbia with his wife, Binyue, his dog, Laika, and his three cats: Meeko, Tigger, and Sookie. Amazingly, they all get along. except for Meeko, who is by no means meek.

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    How to move the “..\Documents\Visual Studio 2005” folder ?

    Nov 16, 2006 02:54 AM | indodario | LINK

    I cannot tell my newly installed VWD 2005 Express NOT to create the “..\Documents\Visual Studio 2005” folder for its backup (and other) files. Instead, I want it to choose the subfolder “..\Documents\Data\Visual Studio 2005”, as I have organized everything under three distinct subfolders of Documents. I have already specified the desired locations in Tools/Options/Projects and Solutions, but VWD still creates its own folder. What can I do to avoid VWD to mess up with my own (Documents) folders structure?

    Re: How to move the “..\Documents\Visual Studio 2005” folder ?

    Nov 24, 2006 03:37 AM | indodario | LINK

    Re: How to move the “..\Documents\Visual Studio 2005” folder ?

    Nov 24, 2006 05:45 AM | Michael1965 | LINK

    Create a folder called Visual Studio in a folder of your choice then move all the files etc from the default folder into your new folder. When ever you open a file navigate to the new folder. VWD will then open at this new folder each time you want to open an ongoing file or project. Also, when creating new files or projects you’ll have to change the path to point to the new folder – but only once.

    Re: How to move the “..\Documents\Visual Studio 2005” folder ?

    Dec 06, 2006 06:46 AM | indodario | LINK

    Thank you Michael1965 for your kind reply.

    Sorry for my delay. as your method did not work on my machine, I decided to launch the setup program and reinstall Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition. Unfortunately, some settings could not be restored by the new installation, so I uninstalled WWD 2005 EE and .NET Framework completely, browsed through the Windows registry and manually deleted all the keys named after VWD, .NET Framework and Visual Studio 2005 that were (still) left behind by the uninstall program: hundreds of entries. I suppose this is a very common BUG of most of Microsoft programs. (probably a deliberated option with the clear intention to bloat up the registry and make our machine run slower). Anyway, with an ‘almost’ clean new installation of VWD 2005 EE and .NET Framework, I was able to have the original configuration and eventually follow your steps.

    Now, I managed to create (and run) a few new projects, and seemingly the default folder for these work files (namely Code Snippets, Projects, Settings, Templates and WebSites) was finally moved to my desired \Documents\ \Visual Studio 2005\ location. But. whenever VWD 2005 EE starts, even with an empty environment, it still creates the annoying Visual Studio 2005 folder just under \Documents, and that’s where it keeps on creating the Backup Files work folder, even after moving it to the new location.

    I checked out again in the settings, everywhere there is a folder option I can read in the path, so I guess this behaviour must be changed somewhere else (directly in the Windows registry ?). Does anybody know how to convince VWD 2005 EE to give up creating this obsessing C:\Documents\Visual Studio 2005\ folder ? Thank you.

    Re: How to move the “..\Documents\Visual Studio 2005” folder ?

    Dec 06, 2006 07:02 AM | Michael1965 | LINK

    The solution I gave you was a tardy one, but one I use none-the-less. A more permanent (and thus ‘correct’ solution) is to go: Tools/Options/Help/Import and Export Settings, then change the path.

    I really wouldn’t recommend going through the registry deleting entries, as you will ruin your computer. The best thing to do is to either use a registry cleaning program (Abexo, CCleaner, and others – all free), or just leave the registry alone.

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    • Jak zálohovat nastavení Visual Studio 2005

    Visual Studio 2005 má vestavěný nástroj pro zálohování všech vašich přizpůsobených nastavení do souboru, takže je můžete později importovat, pokud potřebujete obnovit. Pokud máte velmi přizpůsobenou instalaci, jako já, pravděpodobně budete chtít udělat zálohu jen pro případ.

    Chcete-li se dostat k průvodci, přejděte na položku Nástroje import a export nastavení, která spustí tento průvodce:

    How to backup your visual studio 2005 settings

    Vyberte možnost Exportovat vybraná nastavení prostředí a klikněte na tlačítko Další

    Tato další obrazovka vám umožňuje přesně nastavit nastavení, která chcete zálohovat. Nemůžeš nic ublížit, jen abys tady všechno zálohoval. Klepnutím na tlačítko Další pokračujte.

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    Nyní můžete vybrat název a umístění souboru zálohy pro import.

    How to backup your visual studio 2005 settings

    Pokud potřebujete obnovit zálohu, můžete znovu spustit stejný průvodce a vybrat soubor, který zde zadáte.

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    I am a new user to Visual Studio 2005 and I have a couple of quick questions regarding the same.

    Q)How do we permanently set the environmental variables and settings in Visual Studio 2005?

    Q)What exactly is the difference between debug mode and release modes in VS 2005?

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    Q)How do we permanently set the environmental variables and settings in Visual Studio 2005?

    All the settings of VS can be Import and Export to backup files, I’m not sure what you mean with “environmental variables”, “permanently”.

    Q)What exactly is the difference between debug mode and release modes in VS 2005?

    As the names imply, you build the Debug version for debugging and the Release version for the final release distribution.

    How to backup your visual studio 2005 settings

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    A Visual Studio 2005 beépített segédprogrammal rendelkezik az összes testreszabott beállítás biztonsági mentéséhez egy fájlhoz, így később importálhatja őket, ha vissza kell állítania. Ha nagyon testreszabott telepítésed van, mint te, akkor valószínűleg csak akkor akarsz biztonsági másolatot készíteni.

    A varázslóhoz menjen az Eszközök Importálás és exportálás beállításai menüpontra, amely elindítja ezt a varázslót:

    How to backup your visual studio 2005 settings

    Válassza a “Kiválasztott környezeti beállítások exportálása” lehetőséget, majd kattintson a Tovább gombra

    Ez a következő képernyő lehetővé teszi, hogy pontosan melyik beállításokat szeretné menteni. Nem tehetsz semmit, ha csak itt akarsz biztonsági másolatot készíteni. Kattintson a Tovább gombra a folytatáshoz.

    How to backup your visual studio 2005 settings

    Most kiválaszthatja a biztonsági másolat nevét és helyét importáláshoz.

    How to backup your visual studio 2005 settings

    Ha vissza kell állítania a biztonsági másolatot, akkor újra ugyanazt a varázslót futtathatja, és kiválaszthatja az itt megadott fájlt.

    This topic describes how to convert a Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 or 2003 project to Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 using the Visual Studio Conversion Wizard. The wizard makes many of the changes to your Web site so that it can be compiled as an ASP.NET version 2.0 Web site. The wizard is included in Visual Web Developer 2005, Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition, Visual Studio 2005, and Visual Studio 2005 Team System.

    Running the Conversion Wizard

    Opening a project created in a previous version of Visual Studio .NET will automatically invoke the conversion wizard. After the conversion process is completed, the changes made cannot be reversed. The wizard will prompt you to save a backup copy of your project before conversion begins. It is also a good practice to make a backup copy of the original project before starting the conversion wizard.

    The .NET Framework allows you to install multiple versions of the common language runtime on the same computer. Installing the .NET Framework version 2.0 will not disrupt any existing applications that are running on previous versions of the .NET Framework. For more information, see ASP.NET Side-by-Side Overview. Similarly, Visual Studio 2005 can run side-by-side with previous versions. This means that you can convert applications as needed. This also works for solutions that are composed of several applications. In this scenario, each application can be converted independently.

    The following procedure is for Visual Web Developer 2005. The steps for opening Visual Studio .NET projects in other Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 products might vary.

    To convert a Visual Studio .NET Project

    Open Visual Web Developer 2005.

    On the File menu, click Open Web Site.

    This dialog box allows you to open an existing Web site on the local computer, whether Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) is installed or not. Select the appropriate tab for your situation. The choices are File System, Local IIS, FTP Site, and Remote Site.

    Opening a Web-based project using the File System tab will cause IIS metadata information to be lost. Open Web-based projects using the Local IIS tab.

    Navigate to the folder or virtual directory of the Visual Studio .NET project to be converted.

    Click Open.

    The Visual Studio Conversion Wizard starts. The starting page of the wizard provides information that you should read before continuing.

    Click Next.

    The second page of the wizard appears. On this page, you can choose whether to create a backup copy of your solution or project. If you have not already created a backup of your project or solution before starting the conversion, it is recommended you do so at this point.

    Click Next.

    The third page of the wizard appears. This page provides a summary of what the wizard will do. At this point you can still click Cancel to stop the conversion.

    Click Finish to start the conversion process.

    The conversion process begins. If the wizard encounters a project that contains a custom configuration, you will be prompted to select a configuration to convert. If the Select a Configuration to Upgrade dialog box appears, select a configuration and click OK to continue.

    After the conversion process is complete, the fourth page of the wizard appears with a summary of the conversion process.

    Make sure the Show the conversion log when the wizard is closed check box is selected.

    This will open the conversion log as an active document in Visual Studio when the conversion process is completed.

    Click Close to exit the Visual Studio Conversion Wizard.

    The wizard closes and the Conversion Report opens.

    Verify the status of the conversion process by reviewing the Conversion Report.

    This topic explains how to prepare applications created with Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 – 2015 for AQTime. To learn how to prepare applications created with other compilers, see the topics below:

    Note that default settings created by Microsoft Visual Studio for a new Visual C++ application already contain the necessary information for generating debug information. So, if you do not change the compiler settings, you can compile and profile your Visual C++ application as is. However, we recommend that you change the active configuration to Release if you are going to profile with the Performance profiler. The Release configuration is used to build the final version of the application, so you should search for performance bottlenecks in versions compiled with the Release configuration, but not with the Debug configuration.

    If you are not sure whether your application’s compiler settings were changed, you can follow the steps described in this topic to make sure that your application is compiled with debug information.

    To add debug information to your Visual C++ 2005 – 2015 application, follow these steps:

    1. Open your project in Visual Studio.
    2. Select Build > Configuration Manager from the main menu. This will open the Configuration Manager dialog. Select the Release configuration for your project:

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    Close the dialog.

    Note: Of course, you can profile your application in any configuration, not just in the Release one. We recommend that you choose this configuration if you are going to use the Performance profiler (see above).
  • Right-click the project in the Solution Explorer and select Properties from the context menu. This will call the Property Pages dialog.
  • In the dialog,
    1. Select Active (Release) from the Configuration dropdown list.
    2. Switch to the Configuration Properties > C/C++ > General page and set Debug Information Format to Program Database (/Zi) or Program Database for Edit & Continue (/ZI) . For more information on these options review the Visual Studio documentation.

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    Before opening the application in AQTime, make sure that the output directory of your application includes the .pdb file that you have created. In addition, this directory should contain the vcX0.pdb file, where X is the major version number of the Visual C++ compiler, e.g. for Visual C++ 8.0 this file is called vc80.pdb. vcX0.pdb contains part of your application’s debugging information, which may be needed to profile the entire application in AQTime correctly. It is possible that the vc80.pdb file is not generated by Visual Studio and this will not cause any problems with profiling. If you are profiling an ActiveX control or a COM server, do not forget to register its “debug” version in the system (See Profiling COM Applications).

    By default, the .pdb debug info file resides in the same folder where the profiled executable or DLL is located. When you open your module in AQTime, it searches for the debug info file in this default location. If you copy the debug info file to another location, then specify this location in the Symbols Path list of the Symbols Options dialog (this list contains the search paths). See Specifying Path to Debug Info Files for more information.

    When your application is ready for final delivery, remember to compile it without debug information to reduce the overall size of the application.

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    How to Open _SLN80 Files Without Visual Studio 2005 Solution

    You may not really have an ongoing need for Visual Studio 2005 Solution software, but you need to open this single _SLN80 file.

    If it’s not worth your while to buy Visual Studio 2005 Solution, you could always do a Google search to see if there might be a free software package that you can download.

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    Understanding the _SLN80 File Extension

    Some software developers share a common file format, which is why Visual Studio 2005 Solution uses the _SLN80 file format. However, some files are intended to be opened in binary format, which means it must be opened by the program that created it.

    How to backup your visual studio 2005 settings

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    File Magic is a universal software viewer that can open most file extensions, including some binary _SLN80 files. By downloading File Magic Universal Software Viewer, you can now open files even when you don’t have the software. It will help save functional resources on your PC, since you don’t have so many programs running and thereby reduce software conflicts. Most importantly, you won’t have to spend money on buying costly software you may only use once to view your _SLN80 file.

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    Thanks for your post.

    You can reset the integrated development environment (IDE) to a previous state using the Import and Export Settings wizard. All settings and categories are applied by default; if you want to specify which settings to change, use the option Import selected environment settings . For more information, see How to: Share Settings Between Computers or Visual Studio Versions .

    To reset your settings

    On the Tools menu, click Import and Export Settings .

    On the Welcome to the Import and Export Settings Wizard page, click Reset all settings and then click Next .

    If you want to save your current settings combination, click Yes, save my current settings , specify a file name, and then click Next .

    If you want to delete your current settings combination, choose No, just reset settings, overwriting my current settings , and then click Next . This option does not delete default settings, which will still be available the next time you use the wizard.

    In Which collection of settings do you want to reset to , select a settings collection from the list.

    The Reset Complete page alerts you to any problems encountered during the reset.

    • Marked as answer by YiChun Chen Friday, June 11, 2010 4:40 AM

    Thank you for your post.

    Besides Raman’s suggestion, you also can try running the option — devenv.exe /resetuserdata in Visual Studio 2005 Command Prompt.
    For more information, please check: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb245788(VS.80).aspx#vs05idetips_topic6 .
    This will reset all of your VS environment and customization settings. You will get the dialog box to ask you to select the default developer environment again.

    Hope this helps! If you have any concern, please feel free to let me know.

    Best regards,
    Yichun Chen Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help.
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    • Marked as answer by YiChun Chen Friday, June 11, 2010 4:40 AM

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    Thanks for your post.

    You can reset the integrated development environment (IDE) to a previous state using the Import and Export Settings wizard. All settings and categories are applied by default; if you want to specify which settings to change, use the option Import selected environment settings . For more information, see How to: Share Settings Between Computers or Visual Studio Versions .

    To reset your settings

    On the Tools menu, click Import and Export Settings .

    On the Welcome to the Import and Export Settings Wizard page, click Reset all settings and then click Next .

    If you want to save your current settings combination, click Yes, save my current settings , specify a file name, and then click Next .

    If you want to delete your current settings combination, choose No, just reset settings, overwriting my current settings , and then click Next . This option does not delete default settings, which will still be available the next time you use the wizard.

    In Which collection of settings do you want to reset to , select a settings collection from the list.

    The Reset Complete page alerts you to any problems encountered during the reset.

    • Marked as answer by YiChun Chen Friday, June 11, 2010 4:40 AM

    Thank you for your post.

    Besides Raman’s suggestion, you also can try running the option — devenv.exe /resetuserdata in Visual Studio 2005 Command Prompt.
    For more information, please check: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb245788(VS.80).aspx#vs05idetips_topic6 .
    This will reset all of your VS environment and customization settings. You will get the dialog box to ask you to select the default developer environment again.

    Hope this helps! If you have any concern, please feel free to let me know.

    Best regards,
    Yichun Chen Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help.
    Welcome to the All-In-One Code Framework! If you have any feedback, please tell us.

    • Marked as answer by YiChun Chen Friday, June 11, 2010 4:40 AM

    I have a project given to me by a vendor which I now have to update. It was written in C# using VS2005. I have both VS2005 and VS2008 installed on my desktop. Both of them were installed with VB as the VS environment. When I try to open the C# project in VS2005 I get the error “The application for project ‘. csproj’ is not installed. Make sure the application for the project type (.csproj) is installed.” When I try to follow the instructions above by Raman_Katwal to switch to a C# environment in VS2005, I don’t see a choice of C# in my Settings Collection: only “Business Intelligence Settings” and “General Development Settings”. I was going to try your suggestion to reset user data from the command prompt but I’m afraid that I will end up breaking my VS2008 install, which is what I use every day. Do you know if it would be safe for me to run the option as you describe? Or do you have any other ideas as to what I can do to get the “csproj” installed?