Re: Need to find the _MSC_VER for my VisualStudio C++ compiler

"Bo Persson" <>
Sun, 18 Apr 2010 12:43:21 +0200
RichardOnRails wrote:

On Apr 17, 2:24 pm, Pete Becker <> wrote:

RichardOnRails wrote:

Hi All,

I just used VCpp2008ExpressEd_setup.exe to install Visual Studio
with C ++. I tested the installation with a "Hello, World" toy
Command-line executable.

I'm developing Web software using a Ruby on Rails. I want to
download/ install a tool in my development environment that comes
equipped with a make file specifying it requires a compiler who's
"_MSC_VER" is 1200.

Invoking the tool's installation setup reports that compilation
fails because the compiler apparently reports something other
than 1200. I searched the installed VS/VC++ thoroughly but can't
find where the _MSC_VER macro is defined. I've Google'd for it as
well, to no avail.

Any ideas?

#include <iostream>

int main()
std::cout << _MSC_VER << std::endl;
return 0;


Roundhouse Consulting, Ltd. ( Author of
"The Standard C++ Library Extensions: a Tutorial and Reference"

Hi Pete,

Thanks for your expert help. My result so far is that rigging the
make file to use VS 2008 probably won't work because the make file
references .dll's that aren't incorporated VS 2008. That just feels
like a can of worms.

I managed to find VS C++ 6.0 iso's on the Net which I burned onto
CDs for installation. If I can get 6.0 to work on my
WinXP-Pro/SP3, I might be able to get this going.

Do you know offhand if I can install 6.0 without uninstalling my VS
C+ + 2008? It's almost midnight my local time so I'm going to
postpone thinking about this until tomorrow evening.

Yes you can, but should probably avoid that. VC6 is just ancient (from
the 1900s), with a pre-standard implementation of C++. Not to mention
the potential licensing problem.

Are you sure you cannot find your tool for _MSC_VER 1300? That's a
much better bet.

Bo Persson

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