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Install integration

To use the Manifest Maker Visual Studio 2017 integration with C++ projects you first need to install the Visual Studio integration option. This is for C++ projects, you do not need this option for .Net or other projects. If you do not have Visual Studio C++ component installed, the Visual Studio selection below will not be available:

install vs2017 integration

Note that Visual Studio 2017 performs separate installations for each of its three editions. Manifest Maker setup detects installed Visual Studio editions and shows them in the installation options dialog. Integration is installed separately for each edition.

Setup installs a number of sxs32*.* files in the Build Customizations folder of selected Visual Studio 2017 editions:
vs2017 files

Load customizations

The next step is to load Visual Studio 2017 Build Customizations for Manifest Maker. Right-click the project file in your Visual Studio 2017 solution and select Build Dependencies / Build Customizations....

vs2017 project project context menu

From the subsequent dialog select one or both of sxs32com and sxs32vs10.

project context menu

The sxs32com customization builds COM manifests and the sxs32vs10 customization builds REF-manifests (DLL and EXE).

When you open the example VS2017 project included with Manifest Maker you will see two new elements in the project properties tree:

project context menu

The Side-by-Side Manifest element is added by the sxs32vs10 customization and the Size-by-Side COM Manifest is added by the sxs32com customization.

 The Side-by-Side Manifest customization expects a Manifest Maker project file (*.sxs32mm) in the Visual Studio project and will build a REF-manifest using that project and the project's output module. If there is no *.sxs32mm file in the project, Visual Studio will not display this element in properties. This is standard Visual Studio 2017 behavior.

The Side-by-Side COM Manifest customization defaults to Build type: none which means that the COM manifest will not be built. You need to explicitly switch it to /com as shown above to build the COM manifest.

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