10 March 2009

Using VS2008 to develop SharePoint workflows on 64-bit Windows Operating system

One frustrating issue that we faced was that VS2008 cannot be used to develop SharePoint workflows on 64-bit Windows systems. Selecting any of the SharePoint workflow templates from the menu returns an “Object reference not set to an instance of an object” error. After searching a lot, I came across a bug reported by someone who faced the same problem.


The reason mentioned for this bug by Microsoft is a lack of resource and an assurance that it will be solved in the future releases.

Since we already had the setup on a 64-bit machine, the workaround we used was to download sample workflow examples from the internet and modify them according to our requirements.

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