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How to install .NET developer tools on Windows 7

I ran into problems with IIS and ASP.NET after I installed Windows 7, so I thought I'd share my then successful installation process with you.

Clean install of Win 7

First of all, a clean installation of Windows 7 is preferred. I recommend you this because it's otherwise possible you encounter a strange problem which has to do with an upgrade.

A clean installation of Windows 7 will always minimize your problems, plus it's the best start you can get.

First instructions

To minimize upcoming problems, the best thing to do is to install the .NET developer tools before you install anything else.

Make sure you install these tools before anything else and your installation will probably as smooth as anything.

My successful installation process went like this:

  1. Enable IIS and ASP.NET
  2. Install SQL Server 2008 + Management Studio (plus ASP.NET MVC)
  3. Install Visual Studio 2008 + Service Pack 1

Enable IIS and ASP.NET

After the installation of Windows 7 is done, it's first time for IIS and ASP.NET.

You'll have to enable these features through Windows Features which is located under Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

In the Windows Features window, make sure the following options are ticked:

  • Internet Information Services (you can also activate IIS 6 under Web Management Tools->IIS 6 Management Compatibility)
  • ASP.NET (under World Wide Web Services->Application Development Features)

Turning on IIS and ASP.NET in Windows Features

Use Web Platform Installer to install SQL Server and ASP.NET MVC

Microsoft Web Platform Installer is an awesome tool which will help you install programs, modules and much more related to .NET development. Use Web Platform Installer to install the following:

  • SQL Server 2008 + SP1
  • SQL Server Management Studio Express

Once you've downloaded and installed Web Platform Installer, activate the features under the Web Platform tab:

Microsoft Web Platform Installer, the Web Platform tab

The installer will automatically download and install all your selected features. Gone are the days with meaningless steps in the SQL Server installation process!

Mind, you can also choose to install a whole lot of other features, but I recommend you to save them for later.

Install Visual Studio 2008 + SP1

Final step is to install Visual Studio 2008 and Service Pack 1.

Once this is done, you should be set and everything should be fine.

If problems occur

If you encounter any problems, it's always a good shot to use your search engine to find anything related to the problem.

I tried a lot of different solutions though and no solution helped me - a clean installation and the above installation flow solved my problems.


thakns for the step by step installation guide. Normally you'll find installation instruction with all the .net tool and adons etc.

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