.NET Framework Tools
The .NET Framework tools make it easier for you to create, deploy, and manage applications and components that target the .NET Framework. Most of the .NET Framework tools described in this section are automatically installed when you install Visual Studio. This section contains detailed information about each tool.
You can run all the tools from the command line with the exception of the Assembly Cache Viewer (Shfusion.dll). You must access Shfusion.dll from Windows Explorer.
The best way to run the command-line tools is by using the Visual Studio Command Prompt, which is provided with Visual Studio 2005 and later versions, or the Windows SDK Command Prompt (also known as CMD Shell), which is provided with the Windows SDK 6.1 and later versions. These utilities enable you to run the tools easily, without navigating to the installation folder. For more information, see Visual Studio and Windows SDK Command Prompts.
Some tools are specific to either 32-bit computers or 64-bit computers. Be sure to run the appropriate version of the tool by using either the Visual Studio Command Prompt for 32-bit tools, or the Visual Studio x64 Win64 Command Prompt for 64-bit tools.