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Supporting Multiple Versions of Visual Studio

The term side-by-side means that you can install and maintain multiple versions of a product on the same computer. For VSPackages, that means a user can have Visual Studio .NET 2003 and Visual Basic 2008 installed on the same computer. You cannot have side-by-side versions of your VSPackages loaded into a single version of Visual Basic 2008.

Before you make your VSPackage able to be loaded into side-by-side versions of Visual Basic 2008, consider the following:

Choosing Between Shared and Versioned VSPackages

Explains how to resolve side-by-side issues in your VSPackage.

Registering File Name Extensions for Side-By-Side Deployments

Describes how your VSPackage can register file associations in a side-by-side scenario.

Creating a File Association

Discusses file name extensions and how to associate them with files.

Installing VSPackages

Discusses how to build and install VSPackages and how to support users who are running multiple versions of Visual Basic 2008 at the same time.

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