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Batch file: Finds the location of xsd.exe by running the vsvars32.bat of the youngest installed Visual Studio

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/05/12

Boy, Microsoft made it hard to find the location of xsd.exe!

It is actually located like here:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v8.1A\bin\NETFX 4.5.1 Tools\xsd.exe

But that is nowhere on the default path, nor in the registry.

What happens during installation of Visual Studio and/or the Microsoft SDK, is that the vsvars32.bat file of Visual Studio is updated so it can add the location of many tools (including xsd.exe) to the PATH.

So the trick is to find the youngest Visual Studio first, then run the according vsvars32.bat, and then xsd.exe is on the path.




  :: Dynamically finds the installed xsd.exe, then calls it with the passed parameters

  :: test these environment variables that have 110 or 120 in them (future enhancements: support more Visual Studio versions):
  :: VS110COMNTOOLS=C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\Tools\
  :: VS120COMNTOOLS=C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\Tools\
  :: They contain `vsvars32.bat` which will update the `PATH` so it includes where `xsd.exe` resides
  setlocal enabledelayedexpansion
  :: delayed expansion allows for the exclamation marks
  :: see
  :: see
  for %%v in (110 120) do set VSCOMNTOOLS=!VS%%vCOMNTOOLS!
  call :do call "!VSCOMNTOOLS!vsvars32.bat"
  call :do where xsd.exe
  xsd.exe %*
  goto :eof

  echo %*
  goto :eof

One Response to “Batch file: Finds the location of xsd.exe by running the vsvars32.bat of the youngest installed Visual Studio”

  1. Reblogged this on Dinesh Ram Kali..

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