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VCCLCompilerTool.EnableEnhancedInstructionSet Property

Gets or sets a value that enables the use of instructions found on processors that support enhanced instruction sets, such as the SSE and SSE2 enhancements to the IA-32. EnableEnhancedInstructionSet exposes the functionality of the compiler's /ARCH option.

Namespace:  Microsoft.VisualStudio.VCProjectEngine
Assembly:  Microsoft.VisualStudio.VCProjectEngine (in Microsoft.VisualStudio.VCProjectEngine.dll)

enhancedInstructionSetType EnableEnhancedInstructionSet { get; set; }

See How to: Compile Example Code for Project Model Extensibility for information about how to compile and run this example.

The following example lists the value of the EnableEnhancedInstructionSet property in the integrated development environment (IDE):

' add reference to Microsoft.VisualStudio.VCProjectEngine.
Imports EnvDTE
Imports Microsoft.VisualStudio.VCProjectEngine

Public Module Module1
    Sub Test()
        Dim prj As VCProject
        Dim cfgs, tools As IVCCollection
        Dim cfg As VCConfiguration
        Dim tool As VCCLCompilerTool
        prj = DTE.Solution.Projects.Item(1).Object
        cfgs = prj.Configurations
        cfg = cfgs.Item(1)
        tool = cfg.Tools("VCCLCompilerTool")
        MsgBox("Current EnableEnhancedInstructionSet value: " & _
    End Sub
End Module