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The Case of the Missing Create GUID Tool (guidgen.exe) from Visual Studio 2005

Posted in Uncategorized by belle on January 13, 2008

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The Create GUID tool is often found under the Tools menu.

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The actual binary – guidgen.exe – is supposed to be in

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\Tools

Apparently if you did not install Visual C++ when you were installing Visual Studio 2005, you are not going to get guidgen.exe.

I didn’t install Visual C++ in any of my VMs (trying to conserve space, plus I don’t use it anyway), which explains why my Create GUID tool is missing.

There might be a better way to do (perhaps browse through the Visual Studio 2005 install files?) but my workaround is to copy guidgen.exe from one of my other Visual Studio 2005 installs.

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