While reading through how to install a service in Visual Studio it said to look for the Developer Command Prompt in order to do so.

However, it is not in the Tools menu. If you also happen to encounter this scenario, you can create it yourself.

Do the following:

  • Select “Tools”, then Select “External Tools”
  • Under Title, Enter “Native Tools – Command Prompt” or whatever you want to name it
  • Under Command, Enter “C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe”
  • Under Arguments, Enter ” /k “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\Tools\VsDevCmd.bat”
  • Under Initial Directory, Leave blank or Enter your preferred default directory
  • Click OK

You can now find this under the Tools menu.

Recently, after I upgraded Visual Studio from 2012 to 2013, I was surprised why there was no folder made for it.

No idea why but here is a good solution by user Gerard ONeill from the StackOverflow forum on how to have the folder and its shortcut appear again.

  • Go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  • Create a new folder called Microsoft Visual Studio 2013.
  • Copy the shortcuts from C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\Tools\Shortcuts to that new folder

The shortcut for the Developer Command Prompt is included there so once you finish transferring all those shortcuts to the Visual Studio 2013 Folder, they should appear in the START menu.

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