Visual Studio Installer projects no longer supported in Visual Studio 11, replaced by InstallShield LE

April 5th, 2012 by and tagged ,

In the new beta version of Visual Studio 11 you can’t open .vdproj files anymore. This project type was for Visual Studio Installer projects in the Setup & Deployment category, used to create Windows Installer (MSI) setups for your applications.

The current version, Visual Studio 2010, already includes a free limited edition of InstallShield to create .msi setups, but it also supports .vdproj projects. Now with Visual Studio 11 the .vdproj support was removed and users are told to use InstallShield LE instead (although some users prefer other tools with Visual Studio integration, like WiX). InstallShield also includes an option to import existing .vdproj files.

This change was announced quite a while ago, in July 2010, so it’s not a big surprise.

Full-fledged editions InstallShield can be purchased from the InstallSite Shop at

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