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I'm trying to install a .vsix file (I downloaded it from the Gallery)

Double clicking the file doesn't work it gives me the following message:

the extension is not installable on any currently installed products

I tried the Extension manager in VS2010 (Tools->Extension Manager) however there is no option to import for example extensions from local machine!

The Online Gallery gives me an error saying:

Cannot search for online extensions because an error occured while trying to contact server!!

So how to add the extension that I downloaded it?


4 Answers Found


Answer 1

Double-clicking the vsix  should normally install  the extension. From the error message  I assume that the extension  requires a higher Visual Studio edition than the one you have installed. Which edition of VS do you use? Which extension did you try to install?

Answer 2

I'm using Professional Edition


Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
Version 10.0.30319.1 RTMRel
Microsoft .NET Framework
Version 4.0.30319 RTMRel

Installed Version: Professional

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Answer 3

Architecture Layers Patterns is the extension  that I'm trying to install

Answer 4

That is an extension  for the layer diagram, which requires the VS Ultimate edition. VS Professional does not include layer diagrams, therefore you cannot install  the architecture layers patterns extension.




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