Re: compile cpp with dsp project files on windows server 2008 R2

David Wilkinson <>
Wed, 05 Aug 2009 11:13:04 -0400
powah wrote:

I can compile some old Visual C++ cpp with dsp project files with
Microsoft Platform SDK for Windows Server 2003 and Visual C++ 6 on
windows server 2003 successfully.
I want to compile the same cpp files (with minimum change) on windows
server 2008 R2.
What is the best way to do that?

I am thinking of installing Visual C++ 2008 Professional Edition and/
or Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 and on
the windows server 2008 R2 computer.
Then open and convert the project dsp files in Visual C++ 2008.
Then compile.

There are five different concepts at work here

The OS of the development machine
The version of Visual C++
The Windows SDK version being used
The value of WINVER that you use to compile
The OS of the target machine

What is it that you really want to change, and why?

That said, upgrading to the latest version of the compiler and the latest SDK is
generally a good idea. You should set WINVER to correspond to the lowest OS
target that you wish to support, and your development machine should meet this
minimum level (or you will not be able to test the code).

David Wilkinson
Visual C++ MVP

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