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Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

Describes how to use XNA Game Studio with Microsoft Visual Studio 2008.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

XNA Game Studio leverages the Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 development environment, extending it for game development. XNA Game Studio works with any of the following Visual Studio 2008 products.

  • Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition
  • Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • Visual Studio Team System 2008 Architecture Edition
  • Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition
  • Visual Studio Team System 2008 Development Edition
  • Visual Studio Team System 2008 Test Edition
  • Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5

XNA Game Studio 3.0 requires that you install the .NET Framework 3.5.

The Setup program for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 installs the .NET Framework 3.5 if it is not already installed on your computer. You can also install the .NET Framework from the Microsoft .NET Framework Developer Center.

Help Configuration

We recommend that you configure the Visual Studio 2008 Help system to use online Help content, when available. Using online Help content ensures that you are getting the most recently updated information.

To configure Visual Studio Help to use online content

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.

    The Options dialog box appears.

  2. In the tree view control in the left pane of the Options dialog box, click the Help node beneath the Environment node.

    You may need to check the Show all settings checkbox to make the Help node visible.

  3. Click the Online node beneath the Help node.

    You may need to click the plus sign next to the Help node to make the Online node visible.

  4. In the set of options labeled When loading Help content, select Try online first, then local.

  5. Click OK.

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