Trying to start with the control toolkit in VWD 2008 express and net 3.5

Has anyone else had any problems with this? I can't use the toolkit (can't drag and droop items from it onto design view), VWS08 isn't 'extender aware' as descibed on Joe Stagner's video on 'ASP.NET AJAX Support in Visual Studio 2008' (

 The new AJAX support sounds great, but isn't much use to me if VWD 08 can't do what the full version can.




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 I've added ajxcontrolttoolkit controls to the toolbox this way:

- Create a new group in the toolbox

- Drag and drop the ajaxcontroltoolkit.dll from windows explorer to the toolbox (adding the dll as a project reference not populates the toolbox...)


- I've just done this for fun, I've never use the designer Smile

- This works in vs 2008 rtm professional, I'm not sure about the express edition.

- Of course we need the vs 2008 version control toolkit 

11/27/2007 2:44:33 PM

 Well I've not done exactly that but I have the controls on my toolbox. It's not that that's the problem - I can't drag them onto the designer and it isn't extender aware, as I mentioned.  Thanks anyway.

There seems to be a 'solution' (well for some people!) on this thread but I get a strange error when I try and load AjaxControlToolkit.csproj 

I get an error saying "The Project System Components are not installed on your computer. Please re-install visual studio." great........

I've re-installed but no change. What a nice waste of time so far.................



11/27/2007 3:25:31 PM


I've re-installed but no change. What a nice waste of time so far.................

I think your express version is simple not support the ajaxcontrol toolkit project type. (This is complex and big project, which has subprojects like a big classlibrary, the complete sample web site etc. I think the express version cannot open a mixed project, I'm not sure. You cannot rebuild the "AjaxControlToolkit.csproj" subproject (because it is a class library, not a web site) with vwd express, your best chance to try the c# express version!)

According to the mentioned thread, this is a bug in the toolkit.

The workaround is simple: forget the designer, add the extender in source view, it's easy...

11/28/2007 7:51:14 AM


The workaround is simple: forget the designer, add the extender in source view, it's easy...


Fair enough - I just think it's a pain that you have to have a work-around. I wanted to use the VWD version of 2008 to evaluate whether to buy the full version - but intrinsic new features like this aren't there. Shame that, and I know I can download a trial of the full version, I just didn't want to!

Still wondering if other people have had the same problem and managed to get it resolved properly though? 

11/29/2007 10:32:33 AM

Please look at this thread: For VWD Express you'll need to download C# express to rebuild the toolkit assembly.



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11/29/2007 5:34:38 PM

Also, a new version of the Toolkit that fixes the problem was just posted to You can download it from


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11/29/2007 7:47:13 PM

 Thanks for that alex! Just tried it using the new version. Works fine now thanks!

12/5/2007 10:34:07 AM

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