WinDiff and other ‘old’ tools in Visual Studio 2010

It’s always nice when I try to find a certain tool and GooBinging for it and in the end showing me an old blogpost from …. me, myself and I, pointing in the right direction.

The blogpost in this case was:

WinDiff and other ‘old’ tools in Visual Studio 2008

It showed me where I could find some old tools I used before and occasionally need again.

The post is now three years old, but it still is ‘almost’ right. Just enough to give me the pointer to where to find what I was looking for. And as I’m pretty sure that I will go and search for it again in about three years from now I’ll do a repeat and update it a bit to fit the Visual Studio 2010 scenario.

Here we go!

Ever wondered where all your ‘old’ but favorite tools resided in Visual Studio 2010? Are they removed?

I needed a tool called WinDiff to see what is changed between two textfiles and that tool did work for me in most cases. There is however no menu item in Visual Studio 2010 as there used to be in early versions of Visual Studio.

Check out folder:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0A\Bin or
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0A\Bin

That is, if you installed Visual Studio with the installations defaults and depending on how many bits your processor likes.

It appeared the tools are still there. Take a look at the other tools in the same location. I’m sure you will recognize a lot of them!

See you in three years for an update of this blogpost to reflect the new times!


About Maarten van Stam
I'm a Software Engineer, working at one of the top 3 accounting firms. Technology watcher, always looking for news and trends on technology. Received 13 Microsoft MVP Awards.. "My work is my hobby/my hobby is my work" - so you can find me almost at any time near a computer. If I'm not there it's most likely that I spend my time with my family - wife (undisclosed ;-) ), daughter (15) and son (13).

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