Brian98

I'm using Windows XP Pro on a 3GHz Pentium-4 desktop system, with 80GB disk and 1GB memory.

I just downloaded Visual Studio 2005 Express and the SDK. I thought it would be some sort of windows-based system for writing, compiling, and running C++ programs. But all I get is a command-prompt based system, remeniscent of the old MS-DOS days (yes, I used to be a DOS hacker). I've gotten it to work (compiled a few very simple programs), but I'd rather be working in Windows.

How do I get this Visual Studio 2005 Express to act like a Windows program Can it do that Or did I pick the wrong (free) system

Thanx, all!



Re: Visual C++ Express Edition Visual Studio 2005 Express uses Command-line windows??

Jonathan Caves - MSFT

I think that during the installation process of Visual C++ EE you must have "unchecked" the check-box that says to install the IDE. If you re-install and this time leave this check-box checked you'll get the IDE.






Re: Visual C++ Express Edition Visual Studio 2005 Express uses Command-line windows??

Brian98

That's possible. I tried not to load too many bells and whistles. Perhaps I cut out a few too many! I'll give this a try. Thanks!




Re: Visual C++ Express Edition Visual Studio 2005 Express uses Command-line windows??

Brian98

Sure enough. I reloaded the VS 2005 Express, not cutting out anything, and this time it came up as a windows-based system! Thank you!

I hit FILE and OPEN, and told it to open the little shorty program that prints "Hello, world!!!". That program's text appeared in the biggest window, just as I expected.

Which leads to the next momentous question: Where is the COMPILE or RUN button

I've hovered the mouse over every icon on the window, can't find one that's even close. Can't even find one that says MAKE - a utility I don't know how to use (told you I was a beginner!)





Re: Visual C++ Express Edition Visual Studio 2005 Express uses Command-line windows??

Jonathan Caves - MSFT

You need to create a Project/Solution - for a simple C++ program I would choose a Win32 Console Application. Some people who are dealing with just plain vanilla ISO C++ like to choose an Empy Project - but in this case you need to remember to add the source files manually to the project.