Can’t Find Visual Studio 2012 Project Templates For SharePoint 2013

For future reference, this post was written at the time that SharePoint 2013 was in Technical Preview.

While working with the SharePoint 2013 technical preview, you may find yourself actually want to develop something :) I wanted to explore developing a workflow for my current client whom is on the RAD MSFT program for SharePoint 2013, so spun up the preview. So, you might be installing Visual Studio 2012 and then install SharePoint 2013, and expect there to be some relevant project templates available for you to develop against. Too bad, no go.

To get em in there, go to here:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/office/apps/fp123627

Navigate to the Tools section. You will find them there. Shut down Visual Studio, install, you should be good to go. Unless you are trying to use the WWF 4 toolbox items. To get that with targeting to .NET 4.5 add Workflow as a new item, but DO NOT use the Sequential or State Machine workflow since it will go to the .NET 3.0 stack.

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Setup Has Detected Previous Versions Of SharePoint – SharePoint 2013

But there are no versions on the machine you are using?

Lots of folks have been pinging me about this on freshy Windows Server 2008 R2 machines, using the eval copy that was released for testing a few days ago for SharePoint 2013 preview. I was able to replicate the problem, and there is a way to get around it. Don’t use the links on PSConfig, they all still point to 2010 material :)

Long story short, few things to check.

  1. Is there adequate disk space?
  2. Have you installed SP1 for Windows Server 2008?
  3. Confirm that all pre-reqs have run successfully.

All that look good? It’s in all probability actually not a freshy machine and there are still some files left over a 2010 installation. Check this registry path:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\14.0

Delete all the folders under it, then try the installation again.

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