Visual Studio 2008 64-bit Builds

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28 Mar, 2016 09:37 AM


Visual Studio 2008 requires a bit of hand-holding to get 64-bit builds to work properly. This is particularly important for CMake when trying to use the "Visual Studio 2008 Win64" generator.

In order to allow CMake to find Visual Studio 2008 (64-bit) configurations, the following steps must be taken:

Run the following commands:

regedit /s x64\VC_OBJECTS_PLATFORM_INFO.reg

regedit /s x64\600dd186-2429-11d7-8bf6-00b0d03daa06.reg
regedit /s x64\600dd187-2429-11d7-8bf6-00b0d03daa06.reg
regedit /s x64\600dd188-2429-11d7-8bf6-00b0d03daa06.reg
regedit /s x64\600dd189-2429-11d7-8bf6-00b0d03daa06.reg
regedit /s x64\656d875f-2429-11d7-8bf6-00b0d03daa06.reg
regedit /s x64\656d8760-2429-11d7-8bf6-00b0d03daa06.reg
regedit /s x64\656d8763-2429-11d7-8bf6-00b0d03daa06.reg
regedit /s x64\656d8766-2429-11d7-8bf6-00b0d03daa06.reg

copy "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\vcpackages\AMD64.VCPlatform.config" "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\vcpackages\AMD64.VCPlatform.Express.config"
copy "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\vcpackages\Itanium.VCPlatform.config" "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\vcpackages\Itanium.VCPlatform.Express.config"

where the corresponding REG files are given in this ZIP: The commands above can be run automatically be executing the setup_x64.bat file inside that ZIP.

Finally, copy the following file:

copy C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\bin\vcvars64.bat C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\bin\amd64\vcvarsamd64.bat

Making sure that the C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\bin\amd64 folder exists.

This will allow CMake to find the VS2008 64-bit generator.

Would it be possible to set this up on Appveyor?



  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Feodor Fitsner on 28 Mar, 2016 06:18 PM

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    You can download the zip and run that setup_x64.bat as part of you build? It should take seconds to complete. We'd prefer to keep VM images as much standard as possible.

  2. 2 Posted by patricksnape on 29 Mar, 2016 05:41 AM

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    Yes we can run it manually - in fact, within that repo that I linked to is our build script and I am already running this process manually for that project. However, I just figured that anybody that tries to build using Visual Studio 2008 and wants an x64 build will have this problem - at least this post stands as an example for them to fix it!

    Thanks a lot!

  3. Ilya Finkelshteyn closed this discussion on 25 Aug, 2018 02:05 AM.

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