Converting a VS 2005 Web Application to a VS .NET 2003 Web Application

Well it seems that I am going against the stream here, but one of our clients wants the web application I wrote in Visual Studio 2005 to be deployed using Visual Studio .NET 2003.

What's the best way to go about this without rewriting the whole dang thing?

1/31/2008 7:03:23 PM 1239 articles. 0 followers. Follow

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I would probably create a new 2003 project, copy all of your aspx and other files into it, attempt a build and see what happens.  If you didn't use a lot of the new controls (like membership, personalization, masterpages etc, then you will probably be ok with just minor changes.  If you did rely on a lot of the newer controls, it may be easier to rebuild.  Sorry.

John Stockton
RIA Developer at Ascentium
Co-Author of Silverlight 2 in Action

1/31/2008 7:46:27 PM

Hi Greg,

Could u please provide me following details so that i'll be able to better understand your problem.

  1. Using which VS 2005 template u developed the application Web Site or Web Application template
  2. Why exactly your client want to deploy application using VS .Net 2003

Kind Regards,
Vikas Vaidya


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Kind Regards,
Vikas Vaidya
2/4/2008 10:07:27 AM

1. Web application

2. I believe they are going to purchase VS 2005, but budget constraints are pushing their purchase date back. Due to timing, they want to know if they can deploy the 2005 web application using VS .NET 2003.


If there's too much involved in converting this, the answer may be to seek a temporary license from Microsoft. I think one of our other clients did that.

2/4/2008 2:09:10 PM

Here is the link which I believe will be what r u looking for

Kind Regards,
Vikas Vaidya

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Kind Regards,
Vikas Vaidya
2/5/2008 6:01:37 AM

WOW. Thank you so much!

2/5/2008 2:14:19 PM

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