VSBuildStatus Addin Taskbar Progress on Windows 7

I have updated my Visual Studio addin that displays the status of a build/clean/deploy action. If you get the latest version, 1.2, and are running Visual Studio 2005, 2008 or 2010 (they are all supported) on Windows 7, the progress of the build is also displayed on the Taskbar, on the item corresponding to the Visual Studio instance.

The following images show no progress, different progress steps, and an error during the build/clean/deploy, both for Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010 (Beta 2).

No progress

Build progress

Build progress

Error during build

Build progress

Error during build

This was possible by using the Windows 7 Taskbar interop library available on MSDN Code Gallery here.

You can get the latest version of the addin from the Visual Studio Gallery at this link.

11 Comments on "VSBuildStatus Addin Taskbar Progress on Windows 7"


  1. I doubled checked this with my Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 installation and it works without any error. The addin is installed in the same location as in your case. If you still get errors with version 1.2.0 please contact me on my email so that we can discuss more details. Thank you.


  2. Firstly i have to say thank you for this addin, i love it, only just found it, i wish i knew about it earlier, I’ve only craved this functionality for 5 years wondering why MS never implemented it in the first place.

    VSBuildStatus 1.5 works fine on my Windows 7 32bit system in VS2005 and VS2010. However there defiantly appears to be a problem on 64bit systems (my coding buddy cant use this addin on VS2010 on Win7 64bit [UAC enabled or disabled]), is it possible to get this looked at ?

    I’d love for him to be able to use this, makes building a 41 project solution so much nicer, we can estimate how much time we have to go get a coffee (that would be a nice function as well if your looking for things, to do average build times and a current build timer).


  3. Hi,

    Do you have an update that fixes the errors with this add-in with VS2010 on Windows 7×64 (reported on Microsoft Visual Studio Gallery)?


  4. Sorry guys, I was virtually no time in the past couple of mounts for this add-in. I might find some time to work at it in the couple of weeks, but I don’t make it as a promise.


  5. I understand all too well, i had to give up a few projects in the past because i didn’t have time. I hope things quiet down for you soon. Keep up the good work.


  6. I run most of my projects with “Warnings as Errors” enabled. Still it would be nice to see warnings as well as errors.

    Also, any chance you could open source this? Codeplex would be a good choice.

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