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Instalation

WinGDB installation bundle comes as a Windows Installer (MSI) archive. Please follow the instructions given by the installer. You also have an option to uninstall or repair the software.

Avoid installation of WinGDB into a network or removable drive. WinGDB is a Visual Studio extension and must be available for Visual Studio application to access. The recommended location is the same drive as Visual Studio has been installed to. Otherwise you might get error messages at Visual Studio startup, and WinGDB would be disabled.

The installer supports multiple Visual Studio versions. For each version, it allows you to choose whether install WinGDB for that Visual Studio version or not. The installer detects Visual Studio versions present on your computer and enables these selections by default.

It is expected that during installation you will see the UAC prompt twice. The UAC prompt looks like this:

The Unknown publisher is normal -- obtaining a publisher certificate is very expensive for a small company and we decided not to do this currently. Click Yes to proceed.

You also should see the UAC prompt second time. It is needed to run special configuration step within Visual Studio. This step is required to properly register a plugin, along with its menus and font / color categories.

Click Yes again. The configurator will be launched. This process may take several minutes. WinGDB actually runs Visual Studio in setup mode in the background. During the configuration, the following window is being displayed:

On Windows XP you will not encounter UAC prompts (as there is no such feature on Windows XP). The Visual Studio configuration step will be run, though.

Installation troubleshooting

There are reported (rare) situations when the configuration step mentioned above might fail silently. This is a problem in Visual Studio extensibility related to Windows security and user account mechanisms. It is more likely to happen in old Visual Studio (prior to VS 2010). If you encounter issues with missing user interface components (menus, options, icons or fonts/color settings), please perform the following steps:

If this does not help, reinstall WinGDB.

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