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Finally, and after a grand effort, we got a final release of GAX/GAT February 2008 Release.

Mainly the most important improvements are that now you can use GAX side by side with Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008 and now you don't have to do the painful task to unregister all your guidance packages prior to uninstall the previous version of GAX. In this particular release, we made an Upgrade than an Installer so you won't have to uninstall GAX, it will be just a click on the msi to get it everything update without loss any guidance package previously registered (*).

Some of the improvements for this release are:

  • Support side by side for Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008.
  • Upgrade than Installer, the current GAX installer is an upgrade, so you don't have to uninstall all your guidance packages then uninstall GAX before to try install it.
  • Now you can also uninstall GAX whenever you want without unregister any guidance packages, it will do that for you ;), anyway you also have a nice UI in the uninstaller which tell you what guidance packages you will lost if you continue the GAX uninstallation.
  • Some error bug fixes when you use GAX for Visual Studio 2008 and the Experimental hive.

You can check the Grigori's Blog to get more information about this release.


GAX and GAT must be downloaded and installed separately. GAT requires that GAX is installed first.

Remember: If you have a previous version of GAX installed on Visual Studio 2005, it will be updated to the February 2008 release of GAX. You are no longer required to uninstall GAX and the corresponding guidance packages (with an exception of GAT, which must be re-installed).


Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2008 10:06 AM GAX/GAT , Visual Studio | Back to top

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