Damian Hickey

Mostly software and .NET related. Mostly.

Making Visual Studio 2012 extensions work with VS 2013 Preview

I 've been taking the new VS preview for a spin, mainly because of the new task aware call stack. Unfortunately, many of the extensions in the Visual Studio gallery are not "compatible". Well, many of them probably are compatible as VS2013 does not have major architectural changes from VS2012. Not being able to live without StopOnFirstBuildError, and Hide Main Menu here is a trick to make them compatible again. Warning: may void your warranty!

  1. Download the VSIX 
  2. Open the VSIX in 7-zip 
  3. Right-Click and edit 'extension.vsixmanifest':



  4. Add entry for VS2013:



  5. Close notepad. 7-Zip will prompt you to save the archive.
  6. Install :)