After installing Visual Studio 2008 Standard with only Visual C++, when you try to build any kind of C++ project you will receive an error message: Project : error PRJ0003 : Error spawning 'cl.exe'

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Action

Install Visual Studio 2008 Standard with only Visual C++ and try to build any kind of C++ project.

Result

When you try to build any kind of C++ project you will receive the following error message: Project : error PRJ0003 : Error spawning 'cl.exe'

Cause

The root cause of this issue is that cl.exe file is only included in the feature of C# (C Sharp) in vs_std sku. That means it will not get installed by only installing Visual C++.

If you search for cl.exe on the machine you will find the following occurrences:
1. "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\bin\amd64\cl.exe"
2. "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\bin\x86_amd64\cl.exe"

The folder "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\bin" does not include cl.exe.

Resolution

Install C# (C Sharp) along with Visual C++.

More Information

Repro Steps
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Install Visual Studio 2008 Standard with only C++
Launch VS 2008 IDE
Create any kind of new C++ project
Build the project
You will receive the following error message:Project : error PRJ0003 : Error spawning 'cl.exe'



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Article ID: 969866 - Last Review: April 3, 2009 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition
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