MS releases WSS 3.0 Tools: Visual Studio 2008 Extensions

Making web parts for WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 just got a lot easier... that is, once you figure out how to install it

Long ago (in computer time) Microsoft offered Visual Studio Extensions for WSS 3.0 web parts and they were wonderful. Problem was for us fools who upgraded to the latest and greatest (Visual Studio 2008) were stuck with a new fancy IDE that did not support this tool that is oh-so-handy. So, in my stubbornness/laziness, I just decided to study up on web parts themselves and hold off on the SharePoint implementation of them until it became compatible, instead relying on the lazy mans way of Jan Tielens' ReturnOfSmartPart (great tool).

But now (actually 8 days ago... we had a big project ok?!) MS has released the new VS 2008 Compatible Extensions and SharePoint devs all over the world rejoice!

But wait!? It won't install on my Windows XP?

It says compatible with Windows XP? But what is this? It also says that a requirement is to have WSS 3.0 installed. Ok, I'll install WSS 3.0, but...

WSS 3.0 will not install on Windows XP. I am no genius here, but let's think about this. If I need WSS 3.0 to be installed in order to install the extensions and WSS 3.0 is not compatible with Windows XP, then by some mathematical property wouldn't it be safe to say that the extensions are not compatible with Windows XP?

Luckily some google searching brought me to Janne Mattila's blog and a way to trick my OS into thinking that WSS is installed. You just need to add/change a registry key:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0] "Sharepoint"="Installed"

Now everything should work fine.
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