Description of the error of integrating Intel Parallel Studio Service Pack 1 into Visual Studio 2005/2008

Description of the error of integrating Intel Parallel Studio Service Pack 1 into Visual Studio 2005/2008

We noticed an error of integrating Intel Parallel Studio Service Pack 1 into Visual Studio 2005/2008 and would like to describe it in this post and tell you how to fix it. We pursue several goals. First, we hope that Intel Parallel Studio developers will notice this error and fix it. Second, it may help those who use Intel Parallel Studio eliminate this or similar errors if any. Third, this error leads to an incorrect behavior of the analyzer PVS-Studio that we develop and that also integrates into Visual Studio environment.

First, let us take a look at the Visual Studio automation command to show the options window (see Figure 1).


Figure 1 - Visual Studio 2005 options window

The automation command can be called through a special API provided by Visual Studio for plug-in modules. You may also call various commands using the window "Command Window". You may open it through "View->Other Windows->Command Window" as shown in Figure 2.


Figure 2 - Opening the window "Command Window"

If you write the command "Tools.Options" (see Figure 3) in "Command Window", the options window will appear that was shown in Figure 1.


Figure 3 - Executing the command of opening the options window

There is one more point to consider. You may assign hot key combinations to commands through the "Keyboard" tab in the settings as shown in Figure 4.


Figure 4 - "Keyboard" tab in the options window

If we input the line "Tools.Options", we will see only one same line in the list (see Figure 5). It is expected and right. Keep this thing in mind.


Figure 5 - Correct behavior of the "Keyboard" tab in the options window

Now we will install Intel Parallel Studio. Below is the information generated by Intel Parallel Studio during the installation process:

Intel Parallel Studio Service Pack 1

Destination Folder(s)
    C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Intel\\Parallel Studio\\Composer\\
    C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Intel\\Parallel Studio\\Inspector\\
    C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Intel\\Parallel Studio\\Amplifier\\

Components
    Intel Parallel Composer Update 3
        Intel C++ Compiler
            Intel C++ Compiler for applications running on IA-32
            Intel C++ Compiler for applications running on Intel 64
            Integration(s) in Microsoft Visual Studio
            Intel Parallel Debugger Extension
            Integrated Documentation

        Intel Integrated Performance Primitives
            Intel IPP for applications running on IA-32
            Intel IPP for applications running on Intel 64

        Intel Threading Building Blocks
            Intel TBB

    Intel Parallel Inspector Update 2

    Intel Parallel Amplifier Update 2

Configuration Options
    Integration with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 software
    Integration with Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 software

After installation the command of opening the options window fails. Now, if you input the command "Tools.Options" in "Command Window" (see Figure 6) you will get the message "Command "Tools.Options" is not available.".


Figure 6 - The error of "Tools.Options" command execution after installing Intel Parallel Studio

A similar problem occurs when trying to use API to open the options window. Here is an example of a call:
Application.ExecuteDTECommand("Tools.Options");
As a result, a failure occurs when addressing this function inside the tool PVS-Studio we are developing (see Figure 7).


Figure 7 - The error of calling Application.ExecuteDTECommand("Tools.Options");

We do not know the cause of this error. We can only give you some indirect data. Go back to the settings of the "Keyboard" tab. Now, if you input "Tools.Options", there appear two same lines in the list (see Figure 8).


Figure 8 - Incorrect behavior of the "Keyboard" tab in the options window
Perhaps some doubling of the command occurs and it fails to work properly.
This error is annoying yet it is easy to eliminate. You just need to reset all Visual Studio settings. You may do this through the command "Tools->Import and Export Settings" (see Figure 9).


Figure 9 - Resetting Visual Studio settings

After the reset all the errors disappear and the command of opening the options window behaves as it should.

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Andrey, thanks for the report and for the thorough investigation. Ive submitted the defect for this case.

We used to observe such a problem in the past when users installed the new Intel Parallel Studio version over the old one. So, the usual recommendation here was to make sure to uninstall the older version first.

If the new Intel Parallel Studio SP1 was installed on the clean machine, the workaround might be to execute the following command:

full_path_to/devenv.exe /setup

-Vladimir

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