Can you start an XAML project from Blend?

Category: windows metro apps tools


jrboddie on Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:39:17

When opening Blend for Visual Studio, the New Projects dialog only shows templates for HTML/JavaScript apps.  There is no way to start an XAML/C# project from Blend.  I never noticed this before since I typically start projects from VS.  (VS has the templates that I need.)

Is this normal?  If not, how to fix?

My system is an upgraded 64-bit Win 8 pro (from Win 7) with Visual Studio 2012 Express.


Unni Ravindranathan - MSFT on Thu, 29 Nov 2012 06:52:48

No, this is not a known issue.

Blend should allow you to create Window Store apps using XAML (but WPF and Silverlight are not currently supported yet). You seem to suggest that you can open XAML projects that you create in VS just fine in Blend, which is weird.

If you could get in touch with me offline at unnir at Microsoft dot com, I can try to help. We will need more details like your exact install/upgrade sequence (and things like if you had an previous builds of Blend installed on the machine).



runagate on Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:19:44

I am definitely having the same problem, though no XAML projects, including app samples downloaded from MSDN, seem to want to open.  For that matter, only HTML projects are offered when starting a New Project, shown in this image snapshot just add http

jrboddie on Fri, 01 Feb 2013 03:49:02

Are you able to open your project in Blend by way of Visual Studio?  That is right-clicking the project in the VS Solution Explorer and selecting Open in Blend?  I can do that as well as open projects from within Blend.  The templates are missing, though.

Mr Ravindranathan advised me that an update to VS/Blend is coming and we would see what that brings.

Unni Ravindranathan - MSFT on Sat, 02 Feb 2013 19:30:08

We just released a CTP of Visual Studio 2012 Update 2. I would be curious to know if that would make a difference here:

Please let me know if you are still have issues after installing this.


jrboddie on Mon, 04 Feb 2013 04:04:00

I have the Express edition.  AFAIK, this CTP update does not apply to Express.

runagate on Tue, 05 Feb 2013 03:10:24

I also am using the Express edition.  The CTP update changed nothing, unfortunately.  XAML projects cannot be opened in Blend from VS, nor will XAML load in VS's XAML Designer, which results in a similar error.

Bytemaster on Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:56:21

I am having the exact same issue on a system that was 64-bit pro, upgraded from Windows 7, and VS 2012 express was already installed before the upgrade, with VS for Windows 8 Express installed afterwards.

jrboddie on Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:17:19

After Update 2 applied this morning, I still don't have the XAML project templates in Blend.

This is not a critical issue with me as I rarely start projects in Blend and I am able to use Blend once the project has been started in VS.

From comments above and my experience, the problem seems related to systems that were upgraded from Win 7 to Win 8 followed by installation of VS. 

Harikrishna Menon on Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:38:58

Running repair after Update 2 might fix your issue. We had some customers reporting this issue after installing Update 2 RTM after installing Update 2 CTP. Repairing the install after Update 2 RTM install fixed it for them.

jrboddie on Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:17:27

Nope.  Just ran Repair and there are no templates for XAML apps in Blend.  This machine never had CTP installed.

Just to reiterate my situation.  This computer was an upgrade from Windows 7 with the option to keep the apps and data, then Visual Studio was installed.  I have a couple of computers with clean installs of Windows 8 and, of course, the Blend templates are fine.