Windows SDK versions

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Mozilla supports building against several versions of the Windows SDK. Several features will be disabled if you build with an SDK older than the default, which means that you'll have to specify a non-default SDK version explicitly.

Help! I know I have the correct SDK, but configure.in's still failing! Try a make clean or a nuke of your object directory. Also try restarting your msys console.

You may need to run the Windows SDK Configuration Tool to select the right SDK.

Quick start

Follow the instructions for whichever version of Visual C++ you're using.

Visual C++ 10 (VS2010) Professional

You should be all set out of the box.

Visual C++ 10 (VS2010) Express

Download and install the Windows 7 SDK.

Visual C++ 9 (VS2008) Professional/Express

Download and install the Windows 7 SDK.

Visual C++ 8 (VS2005) Professional

  1. Download and install the Windows 7 SDK.
  2. Install this Microsoft hotfix to allow linking to work correctly.

Visual C++ 7.1 or Visual C++ 8 (VS2005) Express

The Windows 7 SDK will probably not work with these versions. It is recommended that you upgrade to one of the newer Visual C++ versions above.

For Gecko 11 or below: you could also download the Windows Vista SDK and follow the instructions there to allow you to build against it.

Windows 7 SDK

This is the SDK that official builds are built against. Features that depend on this SDK include:

  • Windows 7 taskbar previews
  • Windows 7 download taskbar progress
  • Windows 7 jump lists

You can download the SDK (v7.0 or unsupported v7.1 [web setup or ISO image]) from the Microsoft Download Center. Note that if you're running a 64 bit version of Windows you may require the "AMD" version of the SDK even if you have an Intel processor, and you may need to deselect the documentation component in the installer in order to avoid an installation error. (This was certainly the case for 64 bit Windows 7 on a late 2008 MacBook Pro.)

Warning: Due to a bug in old versions of MozillaBuild (prior to 1.6), if you download version 7.1 of the Windows 7 SDK (which is the current version available), your build will fail, often while building cairo with "ocidl.h" errors.  In order to fix this issue, you need to use the latest version of MozillaBuild.
Note: While this configuration will probably build on mozilla-1.9.1 and mozilla-1.9.0, it is not supported.

Windows Vista SDK {{ obsolete_inline("12.0") }}

This is the SDK that mozilla-1.9.1 (Firefox 3.5) builds used to be built against. Features that depend on this SDK include:

  • Windows Vista parental controls
  • File associations and application registration on Vista and above
  • Ability to display the UAC shield icon in the UI
  • Thunderbird Windows Search integration
  • Text Services Framework support

There are two ways to obtain it:

  1. Download the Windows Vista SDK from the Microsoft Download Center.
    • You may choose not to install the Sample Code and Documentation to save space and download time.
    • If you are using Windows XP, you must have Windows XP Service Pack 2 and .NET Framework 2.0 installed before installing the Vista SDK.
  2. Use Visual Studio 2008 Professional.

Gecko 1.9.2 through 11: If you would like to use this SDK, add ac_add_options --with-windows-version=600 to your .mozconfig.

Windows Server 2003 R2 Platform SDK

{{ obsolete_header("12.0") }}

This is your only option if you're on Windows 2000.

You can download the SDK from the Microsoft Download Center.

  • You need to install at least the "Windows Core SDK", "Web Workshop (IE) SDK", and the "Data Access Services (MDAC) SDK".
  • For all SDKs, you may choose not to install Sample Code and Documentation to save space and download time.

If you're building only with this SDK, you will need to add ac_add_options --with-windows-version=502 to your .mozconfig.

For mozilla-1.9.1 and mozilla-1.9.0, you need to add ac_add_options --disable-vista-sdk-requirements to your .mozconfig instead.

Unsupported SDKs

The Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 is not supported, and has been found to cause the following problems:

  • breaks the vcvars32.bat file from Visual Studio 2008
  • no longer sets the correct PATH for the .NET framework
  • causes an invalid PATH which breaks the Mozilla build

If you have the Windows Server 2008 SDK installed, uninstall it. The SDK will break builds even if you try to use other SDKs.

Other possible workarounds:

  • use another SDK (the one shipped with Visual Studio 9)
  • delete the vcvars32.bat file and repair your Visual Studio installation with the setup program
  • edit vcvars32.bat to correct the problem (see http://blogs.msdn.com/windowssdk/arc...vironment.aspx "Workaround: Repair the VS2008 command line build environment by editing c:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\bin\vcvars32.bat manually").

SDKs older than the Server 2003 R2 Platform SDK aren't supported either.

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<p>Mozilla supports building against several versions of the Windows SDK. Several features will be disabled if you build with an SDK older than the default, which means that you'll have to specify a non-default SDK version explicitly.</p>
<p><strong>Help! I know I have the correct SDK, but configure.in's still failing! </strong>Try a make clean or a nuke of your object directory. Also try restarting your msys console.</p>
<p>You may need to run the Windows SDK Configuration Tool to select the right SDK.</p>
<h2>Quick start</h2>
<p>Follow the instructions for whichever version of Visual C++ you're using.</p>
<h3>Visual C++ 10 (VS2010) Professional</h3>
<p>You should be all set out of the box.</p>
<h3>Visual C++ 10 (VS2010) Express</h3>
<p>Download and install the <a class="internal" href="/En/Windows_SDK_versions#Windows_7_SDK" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(4, 137, 183) !important; cursor: default; " title="En/Windows SDK versions#Windows 7 SDK">Windows 7 SDK</a>.</p>
<h3>Visual C++ 9 (VS2008) Professional/Express</h3>
<p>Download and install the <a href="/En/Windows_SDK_versions#Windows_7_SDK" title="En/Windows SDK versions#Windows 7 SDK">Windows 7 SDK</a>.</p>
<h3>Visual C++ 8 (VS2005) Professional</h3>
<ol> <li>Download and install the <a class="internal" href="/En/Windows_SDK_versions#Windows_7_SDK" title="En/Windows SDK versions#Windows 7 SDK">Windows 7 SDK</a>.</li> <li>Install this <a class="external" href="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949009/" title="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949009/">Microsoft hotfix</a> to allow linking to work correctly.</li>
</ol>
<h3>Visual C++ 7.1 or Visual C++ 8 (VS2005) Express</h3>
<p>The Windows 7 SDK will probably not work with these versions. It is recommended that you upgrade to one of the newer Visual C++ versions above.</p>
<p><strong>For Gecko 11 or below</strong>: you could also download the <a href="/En/Windows_SDK_versions#Windows_Vista_SDK" title="En/Windows SDK versions#Windows Vista SDK">Windows Vista SDK</a> and follow the instructions there to allow you to build against it.</p>
<h2>Windows 7 SDK</h2>
<p>This is the SDK that official builds are built against. Features that depend on this SDK include:</p>
<ul> <li>Windows 7 taskbar previews</li> <li>Windows 7 download taskbar progress</li> <li>Windows 7 jump lists</li>
</ul>
<p>You can download the SDK (<a class="external" href="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=c17ba869-9671-4330-a63e-1fd44e0e2505&amp;displaylang=en">v7.0</a> or unsupported v7.1 [<a class="external" href="http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=191420" title="http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=191420">web setup</a> or <a class="external" href="http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=191424" title="http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=191424">ISO image</a>]) from the Microsoft Download Center. Note that if you're running a 64 bit version of Windows you may require the "AMD" version of the SDK even if you have an Intel processor, and you may need to <strong>de</strong>select the documentation component in the installer in order to avoid an installation error. (This was certainly the case for 64 bit Windows 7 on a late 2008 MacBook Pro.)</p>
<div class="warning"><strong>Warning:</strong> Due to a bug in old versions of MozillaBuild (prior to 1.6), if you download version 7.1 of the Windows 7 SDK (which is the current version available), your build <strong>will</strong> fail, often while building cairo with "ocidl.h" errors.  In order to fix this issue, you need to use the latest version of MozillaBuild.</div>
<div class="note"><strong>Note:</strong> While this configuration will probably build on mozilla-1.9.1 and mozilla-1.9.0, it is not supported.</div>
<h2>Windows Vista SDK {{ obsolete_inline("12.0") }}</h2>
<p>This is the SDK that mozilla-1.9.1 (Firefox 3.5) builds used to be built against. Features that depend on this SDK include:</p>
<ul> <li>Windows Vista parental controls</li> <li>File associations and application registration on Vista and above</li> <li>Ability to display the UAC shield icon in the UI</li> <li>Thunderbird Windows Search integration</li> <li>Text Services Framework support</li>
</ul>
<p>There are two ways to obtain it:</p>
<ol> <li>Download the <a class="external" href="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4377F86D-C913-4B5C-B87E-EF72E5B4E065&amp;displaylang=en" title="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4377F86D-C913-4B5C-B87E-EF72E5B4E065&amp;displaylang=en">Windows Vista SDK</a> from the Microsoft Download Center. <ul> <li>You may choose not to install the Sample Code and Documentation to save space and download time.</li> <li>If you are using Windows XP, you must have <a class="external" href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/default.mspx" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank" title="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/default.mspx">Windows XP Service Pack 2</a> and <a class="external" href="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=47&amp;p=3&amp;SrcDisplayLang=en&amp;SrcCategoryId=&amp;SrcFamilyId=4377f86d-c913-4b5c-b87e-ef72e5b4e065&amp;u=details.aspx?familyid=0856EACB-4362-4B0D-8EDD-AAB15C5E04F5&amp;displaylang=en" rel="external nofollow" target="_blank" title="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=47&amp;p=3&amp;SrcDisplayLang=en&amp;SrcCategoryId=&amp;SrcFamilyId=4377f86d-c913-4b5c-b87e-ef72e5b4e065&amp;u=details.aspx%3ffamilyid%3d0856EACB-4362-4B0D-8EDD-AAB15C5E04F5%26displaylang%3den">.NET Framework 2.0</a> installed before installing the Vista SDK.</li> </ul> </li> <li>Use Visual Studio 2008 Professional.</li>
</ol>
<p><strong>Gecko 1.9.2 through 11: </strong>If you would like to use this SDK, add <code>ac_add_options --with-windows-version=600</code> to your .mozconfig.</p><h2>Windows Server 2003 R2 Platform SDK</h2>
<p>{{ obsolete_header("12.0") }}</p>
<p>This is your only option if you're on Windows 2000.</p>
<p>You can <a class="external" href="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0baf2b35-c656-4969-ace8-e4c0c0716adb&amp;displaylang=en" title="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0baf2b35-c656-4969-ace8-e4c0c0716adb&amp;displaylang=en">download the SDK</a> from the Microsoft Download Center.</p>
<ul> <li>You need to install at least the "Windows Core SDK", "Web Workshop (IE) SDK", and the "Data Access Services (MDAC) SDK".</li> <li>For all SDKs, you may choose not to install Sample Code and Documentation to save space and download time.</li>
</ul>
<p>If you're building <em>only with this SDK</em>, you will need to add <code>ac_add_options --with-windows-version=502</code> to your .mozconfig.</p>
<div class="note">For mozilla-1.9.1 and mozilla-1.9.0, you need to add <code>ac_add_options --disable-vista-sdk-requirements</code> to your .mozconfig instead.</div><h2>Unsupported SDKs</h2>
<p>The Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 is not supported, and has been found to cause the following problems:</p>
<ul> <li>breaks the vcvars32.bat file from Visual Studio 2008</li> <li>no longer sets the correct PATH for the .NET framework</li> <li>causes an invalid PATH which breaks the Mozilla build</li>
</ul>
<p><strong>If you have the Windows Server 2008 SDK installed, uninstall it. The SDK will break builds even if you try to use other SDKs.</strong></p>
<p>Other possible workarounds:</p>
<ul> <li>use another SDK (the one shipped with Visual Studio 9)</li> <li>delete the vcvars32.bat file and repair your Visual Studio installation with the setup program</li> <li>edit vcvars32.bat to correct the problem (see <a class=" external" href="http://blogs.msdn.com/windowssdk/archive/2008/04/18/installing-win-sdk-for-svr-2008-after-vs-2008-breaks-vs-command-line-build-environment.aspx" rel="freelink">http://blogs.msdn.com/windowssdk/arc...vironment.aspx</a> "Workaround: Repair the VS2008 command line build environment by editing c:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\bin\vcvars32.bat manually").</li>
</ul>
<p>SDKs older than the Server 2003 R2 Platform SDK aren't supported either.</p>
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