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WinRT: listed VS 2017 optional-component requirements

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DavidLudwig committed Sep 3, 2017
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@@ -16,13 +16,22 @@ Some of the operating systems that include WinRT, are:

* Microsoft Visual C++ (aka Visual Studio), either 2015, 2013, or 2012
* Microsoft Visual C++ (aka Visual Studio), either 2017, 2015, 2013, or 2012
- Free, "Community" or "Express" editions may be used, so long as they
include support for either "Windows Store" or "Windows Phone" apps.
"Express" versions marked as supporting "Windows Desktop" development
typically do not include support for creating WinRT apps, to note.
(The "Community" editions of Visual C++ do, however, support both
desktop/Win32 and WinRT development).
- Visual Studio 2017 can be used, however it is recommented that you install
the Visual C++ 2015 build tools. These build tools can be installed
using VS 2017's installer. Be sure to also install the workload for
"Universal Windows Platform development", its optional component, the
"C++ Universal Windows Platform tools", and for UWP / Windows 10
development, the "Windows 10 SDK (10.0.10240.0)". Please note that
targeting UWP / Windows 10 apps from development machine(s) running
earlier versions of Windows, such as Windows 7, is not always supported
by Visual Studio, and you may get error(s) when attempting to do so.
- Visual C++ 2012 can only build apps that target versions 8.0 of Windows,
or Windows Phone. 8.0-targetted apps will run on devices running 8.1
editions of Windows, however they will not be able to take advantage of
@@ -476,3 +485,38 @@ SDL provides a workaround for this, but it requires that an app links to a
set of Win32-style cursor image-resource files. A copy of suitable resource
files can be found in `src/main/winrt/`. Adding them to an app's Visual C++
project file should be sufficient to get the app to use them.

#### SDL's Visual Studio project file fails to open, with message, "The system can't find the file specified."

This can be caused for any one of a few reasons, which Visual Studio can
report, but won't always do so in an up-front manner.

To help determine why this error comes up:

1. open a copy of Visual Studio without opening a project file. This can be
accomplished via Windows' Start Menu, among other means.
2. show Visual Studio's Output window. This can be done by going to VS'
menu bar, then to View, and then to Output.
3. try opening the SDL project file directly by going to VS' menu bar, then
to File, then to Open, then to Project/Solution. When a File-Open dialog
appears, open the SDL project (such as the one in SDL's source code, in its
directory, VisualC-WinRT/UWP_VS2015/).
4. after attempting to open SDL's Visual Studio project file, additional error
information will be output to the Output window.

If Visual Studio reports (via its Output window) that the project:

"could not be loaded because it's missing install components. To fix this launch Visual Studio setup with the following selections:

... then you will need to re-launch Visual Studio's installer, and make sure that
the workflow for "Universal Windows Platform development" is checked, and that its
optional component, "C++ Universal Windows Platform tools" is also checked. While
you are there, if you are planning on targeting UWP / Windows 10, also make sure
that you check the optional component, "Windows 10 SDK (10.0.10240.0)". After
making sure these items are checked as-appropriate, install them.

Once you install these components, try re-launching Visual Studio, and re-opening
the SDL project file. If you still get the error dialog, try using the Output
window, again, seeing what Visual Studio says about it.

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