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Microsoft KB Archive/172177

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Article ID: 172177

Article Last Modified on 10/17/2003


  • Microsoft Visual C++ 5.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 Professional Edition

This article was previously published under Q172177


If you move a project from the Intel platform to the Alpha RISC platform and attempt to add a new Alpha configuration (for example, by selecting Build|Configurations...|Add... from the Developer Studio menu) Developer Studio does not provide an option to choose "Win32(Alpha)" in the platform combo box.


Visual C++ RISC Edition is not a cross-development environment, but rather a native-development environment and is, therefore, not presented as a unique configuration platform. Additional platforms are only available in the Platforms combo box if they produce code that runs on a platform other than the native environment. Examples of this are the Visual C++ development environments for Apple Macintosh and Windows CE. These platform types must be built on the Intel platform, but they produce code that only runs on their respective platform architectures.


In native Visual C++ development environments, simply add a "Win32" platform and use the configuration name to identify the platform. For example, you might use the names "AlphaRelease" and "AlphaDebug" on the Alpha platform.


Under Visual C++ version 4.0 RISC Edition, the Win32 platform name is displayed as "Win32 (platform)". For example, "Win32 (MIPS)", "Win32 (ALPHA)", etc.

The Visual C++ 5.0 documentation incorrectly implies that the platforms will be presented in a similar manner.

An existing 4.x project that contains the Win32 (platform) form of the configuration name will retain this name when migrated to Visual C++ version 5.0.


The following section is located in the Visual C++ Professional RISC Edition online documentation:

Port Visual C++ Applications Between Intel-Based and RISC Platforms (Alpha or PowerPC)

InfoViewer Location (Visual C++, version 5.0):


HTML Help Location (Visual C++, version 6.0):

mk:@MSITStore:[Enter Full Path to vccore.chm Here]::/ html/_core_port_visual_c.2b2b_.applications_between_ intel.2d.based_and_risc_platforms.htm

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