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I have a project in a solution I am working on in Visual Studio 2012, and I get this message for one of the projects: "This version of Visual Studio does not have the following project types installed, or does not support them." It is a vdproj. What does this mean and how do I resolve this problem

Best Answer

The correct procedure to resolve "Incompatible" issue with VDPROJ Projects coming from Visual Studio 2010 and 2015 in 2017 or 2019 is:

  1. Enter Visual Studio .NET 2017 or 2019
    • 2017: Click on "Tools" -> Extension and Updates -> Online
    • 2019: Click on "Extensions" -> Manage Extensions -> Online
  2. Type "Installer Project" on the search box
  3. Click on "Install" in Microsoft Visual Studio Installer Project
  4. Restart Visual Studio .NET and follow the instructions to install the extension

With this extension the old project (2010, 2015) is capable to work in (2017, 2019). VDPROJ are not deprecated, simply they are improved with a new extension, for more information about this please visit the oficial MarketPlace.