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Creating a Shell Instance

To create a Visual Studio shell instance, you must install Visual Studio and the Visual Studio SDK. By using these two products, you can develop and test a shell instance.

The following table summarizes the purposes of the key software components for developing a Shell instance.

Name

Description

Visual Studio SDK

The SDK you must have to develop and test extensions of Visual Studio. You can also use the SDK to create your own instance of the Visual Studio isolated shell.

Visual Studio is a prerequisite for the SDK.

Visual Studio Shell (isolated mode) Redistributable

The redistributable that you include in your Setup program when you build a tools environment on the Visual Studio isolated shell. The isolated Shell redistributable package includes the .NET Framework 4 and the components of the Visual Studio SDK.

Visual Studio Shell (integrated mode) Redistributable

The redistributable that you include in your Setup program when you build a tools environment on the Visual Studio isolated shell. It includes the .NET Framework 4 and the components of the Visual Studio SDK.

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