Installation Visual Studio 2008

First, download the latest 1.x version of the Configuration Section Designer if you haven't done so already. Extract the contents of the zip file. Two files will be extracted, the installation package (ConfigurationSectionDesigner.msi) and a readme file (Readme.htm).

Before proceeding with the installation, make sure you close any open Visual Studio instances.

Windows XP

To install this application, you must be logged in on an Administrator account. Just double click the ConfigurationSectionDesigner.msi to start the installation.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

To install the Configuration Section Designer you must start the installation from an elevated command prompt. To start an elevated command prompt, open the start menu, and in the search field, type "cmd". The file "cmd.exe" should appear.


Right-click the file and select "Run as administrator".


Unless disabled, a User Account Control dialog will show up to confirm that you want to run the command prompt in an elevated state. Select "Yes". In the command prompt that now showed up, enter the full path to the installation file you extracted earlier. To get the full path, right click the ConfigurationSectionDesigner.msi file from before, and select "Properties". The "Location" field will have the path to the folder the file is in.


Mark the text, copy it, and paste it into the command prompt. At the end of the pasted text, add "\ConfigurationSectionDesigner.msi" and press ENTER.


The installation should now start. When the installation is finished, you may close the command prompt window. Congratulations, you now have the Configuration Section Designer on your system.

After installing

Next, you may want to read the documentation on how to use the tool.

Last edited Jun 5, 2010 at 2:04 PM by TheMrkeys, version 7


andym1978 Nov 12, 2014 at 3:26 PM 
I FINALLY ran into this error today, which means I will hopefully be able to resolve it. Until it is resolved, this is how I fixed my issue. I created an identical project with same section files (which had no error). I then ran a diff on the 2 projects and saw that the project with the error had this block of text in its .csproj file:
<Service Include="{508349B6-6B84-4DF5-91F0-309BEEBAD82D}" />

This is some sort of "Service Marker". I opened that csproj file in a text editor and removed that block of text. When I reloaded the project, everything worked. Very strange... I have no idea what this block of text did, but will research to find out.

Knup Aug 20, 2014 at 2:07 PM 
@TooManyHurdles : i've got the same error, did you find how to fix it?

TooManyHurdles Mar 29, 2012 at 11:04 PM 

Thanks for this nifty tool. I've created the diagram. But I am getting the below error. What have I done wrong or what have I missed?

Error 12 Custom tool error: TextTemplating service unavailable
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.TextTemplating.VSHost.TemplatedCodeGenerator.GenerateCode(String inputFileName, String inputFileContent)
at ConfigurationSectionDesigner.CsdFileGenerator.TemplateCodeGenerator.GenerateCode(String inputFileName, String inputFileContent)
at ConfigurationSectionDesigner.CsdFileGenerator.GenerateAllContent(String fileExtension)
at ConfigurationSectionDesigner.CsdFileGenerator.GenerateContent(String element)
at ConfigurationSectionDesigner.VsMultipleFileGenerator`1.Generate(String wszInputFilePath, String bstrInputFileContents, String wszDefaultNamespace, IntPtr[] rgbOutputFileContents, UInt32& pcbOutput, IVsGeneratorProgress pGenerateProgress)