I usually use my organization's ESRI account when at work, but I am now working at my home Desktop PC. On my home PC, I have an ArcGIS 10.6 annual educational license that I do not want to sacrifice. It is an Advanced (ArcInfo) Single Use license. I also have an ESRI Developer subscription through my organization, so I am able to download the ArcObjects SDK for .NET Framework to my home PC. I also have Visual Studio 2017 Professional on my home PC, which I downloaded BEFORE downloading the ArcObjects SDK for .NET Framework. When I downloaded the SDK, I ensured that I downloaded the bit for Visual Studio 2017 Professional. The immediate problem is that Visual Studio is not aware of my ArcObjects SDK. When I attempt to add a new project, the ArcGIS menu is not on the left side of the New Project dialog box.

Is anybody able to provide a solution, help me troubleshoot or confirm that the SDK will not work with my educational license or maybe it is my Advanced Single Use license that the SDK does not like?

I have read this: Is the ArcObjects SDK for .NET available with an ArcGIS for Home Use or free trial license?

  • In what order did you install the software? It should be 1) Visual Studio 2) ArcGIS Desktop 3) ArcGIS SDK
    – Berend
    Commented May 5, 2020 at 11:47
  • @Berend That could be it. I installed ArcGIS Desktop first, then Visual Studio, then the SDK. I can't reinstall ArcGIS Desktop, because that would sacrifice my educational license.
    – Thor
    Commented May 5, 2020 at 21:02

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You will need to install visual studio 2013 and visual studio 2015 to get this to work? The way I develop is I will install 2013 and then install 2015 and then install the arc objects SDK. I write my tools targeted for 10.4.1 and they work all the way up to 10.8. See if that works :)

  • Thanks @Chris Stayte. I'll give that a shot if uninstalling and reinstalling 2017, 2019 and the SDK does not work.
    – Thor
    Commented Apr 2, 2020 at 14:47
  • @Chris ArcObjects 10.6 supports both Visual Studio 2015 and 2017. Installing 2013 shouldn't be necessary. 2015 may help, but 2017 should work too. It does for me.
    – Berend
    Commented May 5, 2020 at 11:42

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