How to compile into .NET 1.1 using Visual Studio 2005 (.NET 2.0)

Apparently in Visual Studio 2005 you can only compile .NET Framework 2.0 applications. However, not rare is the case when you need to compile the application into .NET 1.1 and you don’t have Visual Studio 2003 installed.

To be able to compile into .NET 1.1 with Visual Studio 2005 you will need to download the MSBee application from Microsoft. You can download this application msbee.

Use MSBuild to target .NET Framework 1.1

The 1.0 version of MSBee provides

  • Tasks for GetFrameworkPath and GetFrameworkSDKPath
  • Separated output directories for MSBee produced binaries (under FX1_1 directory)
  • A MSI Installer
  • AL task redirection to target .NET 1.1 in the CreateSatelliteAssemblies target
  • Support for the ResolveComReference task
  • LC Task Redirection
  • Excluding .NET 2.0 code via a FX1_1 constant
  • Replacing the default ‘bin\FX1_1’ base path with the BaseFX1_1OutputPath property

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The final release for MSBee will be as a shared source project, meaning you’ll be able to download the source and share your changes with the community.

MSBuild Extras – Toolkit for .NET 1.1 “MSBee” is a member of Power Toys for Microsoft Visual Studio, developed by the Developer Solutions team at Microsoft Corporation.

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