How to create – add C++ Windows Form Application in Visual Studio 2012

Step One

Download the following files.
VS 2012 CPP Win

Now extract the compressed file.

Step Two

Now fire up windows explorer and go to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\VC\vcprojects\vcNET\“
or “[Visual Studio Installation Directory] \VC\vcprojects\vcNET\“

Step Three

Create a new directory and now backup all the files.

Step Four

Now copy all the extracted files from “Step One” and paste inside this folder “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\VC\vcprojects\vcNET\” or “[Visual Studio Installation Directory] \VC\vcprojects\vcNET\“

For all you VS express users:

use this directory: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\VC\vcprojects_WDExpress\vcNET\
and you also need to copy the WinForm directory from another version to C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\VC\VCWizards\AppWiz\.NET\

Here’s the path for Winform in Visual Studio Express 2010:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\VC\VCWizards\AppWiz\.NET\WinForm

Here’s the path for Winform in Visual Studio Express 2012:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\VC\VCWizards\AppWiz\.NET\WinForm

Step Five

Run Visual Studio and select New Project > Visual C++ > CLR
Now you should be able to see Windows Forms Application
Be aware that the resulting C++ WinForm application in VS 2012 will use .Net Framework 4.5.

Step Six (optional)

Create a new Windows Forms in Visual C++ and see if everything is working or not.

Go to this web page for reference as the source for this blog post:

The comments there explain the VS Express instructions.

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