Visual Studio Command Prompt

The Visual Studio Developer Command Prompt automatically sets the environment variables that enable you to easily use .NET Framework tools. The Developer Command Prompt is installed with full editions of Visual Studio. It is not installed with all Express versions of Visual Studio.

You may see multiple command prompts, depending on the version of Visual Studio and any additional SDKs you've installed. For example, 64-bit versions of Visual Studio provide both 32-bit and 64-bit command prompts. (The 32-bit and 64-bit versions of most tools are identical; however, a few tools make changes specific to 32-bit and 64-bit environments.)

In Windows 8.1

  1. On the Start screen, press CTRL + TAB to open the Apps list and then press V. The list will include all installed Visual Studio command prompts. (To open the Start screen, press the Windows logo key on your keyboard.)

  2. Choose the Developer Command Prompt (or the command prompt you want to use).

In Windows 8

  1. On the Start screen, press the Windows logo key + Z. (To open the Start screen, press the Windows logo key on your keyboard.)

  2. Choose the Apps view icon at the bottom of the screen and then press V. The list will include all installed Visual Studio command prompts.

  3. Choose the Developer Command Prompt (or the command prompt you want to use).

In Windows 7

  1. Choose Start, expand All Programs, and then expand Microsoft Visual Studio.

  2. Depending on the version of Visual Studio you have installed, choose Visual Studio Tools, Visual Studio Command Prompt, or the command prompt you want to use.

If you have the Windows SDK or Windows Phone SDK installed, you may see additional command prompts for ARM, x86, or x64 architectures. Check the documentation for the individual tools to determine which version of the command prompt you should use.

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