Stefan Goßner

Senior Escalation Engineer for SharePoint Products and Technologies


Hotfix to support VS.NET 2005 with MCMS 2002 SP2 without installing VS.NET 2003 first

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Requested since MCMS 2002 SP2 has been released was a possiblity to install MCMS 2002 with VS.NET 2005 without a need to install VS.NET 2003 first.

As SP2 is a service pack that only updates installed components it was necessary to install VS.NET 2003 first to ensure that the MCMS development tools could be installed with MCMS. Only this allowed the Service Pack to upgrade the developer tools to support VS.NET 2005.

For customers who did not want to do any VS.NET 2003 development or even did not have a copy of VS.NET 2003 this caused problems.

Microsoft has now released a hotfix (actually it is just a vbs script) that modifies the system in a way that allows the SP1a installer to install the developer tools for VS.NET 2003 without having VS.NET 2003 installed before. The developer tools can now be upgraded by the SP2 installer to be compatible with VS.NET 2005 as well.

The fix has been released as KB 915190.

  • Great accomplishment!  It was such a headache to install WS 2003 and then VS2005.

  • why is this Fix not available for download? And how can I get the fix?

  • Hi David,

    Microsoft does not provide download locations for hotfixes. Only Exception: security hotfixes.
    Hotfixes can be retrieved free of charge through a service request.


  • I placed the call with MSDN support and obtained the hotfix KB 915190, which will be incorporated into a new service pack due out someday :-)  I will let you know if I have any issues installing this hotfix.

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  • I have searched the KB at MicroSoft and I am not able to find any documents relating to KB 915190. I have even searched the Premier site.. Is the only way to get any information/download of this Hotfix through a phone call? All our other Hotfixes have been available through the Premier site..

  • Usually it takes a couple of weeks to get the KB article for hotfixes written, approved and published. I assume at the same time the hotfix will become avail on the premier site. The hotfix is available through normal Product Support Channels channels.

  • how do you use the hotfix, i have cms 2002, sp1a, and sp2 installed, applied the hotfix, installed vs 2005 and do not know what to do next or what I did wrong but I do not see the dev tools for 2005

  • Hi D,

    you need to uninstall SP2. Then use Control-Panel - Add/Remove programs - CMS and add the developer tools for VS.NET 2003 (this is now possible after running the script even if VS.NET 2003 is not installed). After installing the VS.NET 2003 developer tools install SP2 again to upgrade the developer tools to a version that is compatible with VS.NET 2003 and VS.NET 2005.


  • The hotfix is STILL not available on the Premier site, nor any article relating to this.
    We have put a call in to our TAM but we have not heard back.

    Do you have any insite as to why this has not become readily available?


  • Hi Dan,

    this is under control by the product team.
    Last year we had a couple of fixes where it took several month for them to show up.
    You should open a support case and request the fix. The call will be free of charge.


  • I just received an email from MS that indicates that "the article 915190 does not contain information regarding a Hotfix." I have given them a link to your BLOG and more information to help them track the Hotfix down. Are there any changes to the post that we should be aware of?

  • Hi Mat,

    there is no change. This is a valid hotfix.
    Please send the SR number, and the email address of the person you talked to to and I will follow up.


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