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How can I open an existing MVC project that does not have the .sln file?

When I open it as a website, the context menu's are not correct (i.e. right clicking on the Views folder does not allow me to add Views from the context menu)

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by:nmarun
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Create a blank solution and add the project(s) to this solution.Arun
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by:conrad2010
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@Arun:

a little more instructions (or a link) on how to do it would be great, am not too familiar with sln files, projects, etc...
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Click on File->New Project. In the New Project window choose Visual Studio Solutions under Other Project Types. You'll see 'Blank Solution' on the right side. See attached image for details.

Arun

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by:conrad2010
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@Arun:

Ok, thx for the screen shot, got the blank project .sln file with this in it:

Microsoft Visual Studio Solution File, Format Version 10.00
# Visual Studio 2008
Project("{FAE04EC0-301F-11D3-BF4B-00C04F79EFBC}") = "MvcApplication1", "MvcApplication1\MvcApplication1.csproj", "{C06AB0C5-1775-4125-B13C-559FA9417140}"
EndProject
Global
      GlobalSection(SolutionConfigurationPlatforms) = preSolution
            Debug|Any CPU = Debug|Any CPU
            Release|Any CPU = Release|Any CPU
      EndGlobalSection
      GlobalSection(ProjectConfigurationPlatforms) = postSolution
            {C06AB0C5-1775-4125-B13C-559FA9417140}.Debug|Any CPU.ActiveCfg = Debug|Any CPU
            {C06AB0C5-1775-4125-B13C-559FA9417140}.Debug|Any CPU.Build.0 = Debug|Any CPU
            {C06AB0C5-1775-4125-B13C-559FA9417140}.Release|Any CPU.ActiveCfg = Release|Any CPU
            {C06AB0C5-1775-4125-B13C-559FA9417140}.Release|Any CPU.Build.0 = Release|Any CPU
      EndGlobalSection
      GlobalSection(SolutionProperties) = preSolution
            HideSolutionNode = FALSE
      EndGlobalSection
EndGlobal

Now how can I use that for my existing MVC application?

You mentioned moving Projects in it... can you provide a sample by any chance?

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Firstly, copy the MVC project into the folder where you created your blank solution.Once you create the blank solution, right click on the solution file in visual studio solution explorer and choose 'Add Existing Project'. Now browse to the location of the solution file and choose the .csproj or the .vbproj (as the case may be) and click on ok. This should add the MVC project to your solution.Arun
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@Arun:

ok, following the steps, but there are no .csproj  or .vbproj files either...
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Please post back a screenshot of your MVC application when you open it as a website.Arun
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@Arun:

The Solutions Explorer of VS2008 (MVC1.0) when I open the MVC Application as a website...
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In that case, you're better-off creating a new MVC project altogether and then add the elements (files and folders) from the existing site to the new one manually.Once you create your new MVC project, copy the contents of the existing folders into the new folders (copy the contents of controller folder of your existing site to the new projects' controllers folder and like-wise). Also copy the files/folders that are not existing in the new project (like the errorpages, Flash, PDF).After you've copied all the files and folders from the old site to the new project folder, read the following article.http://blogs.msdn.com/b/davidklinems/archive/2007/12/18/quick-tip-add-files-to-visual-studio-projects-the-easy-way.aspxThis should get you set up right.Arun
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by:conrad2010
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@Arun:

Fantastic, thanks for the help... this got me puzzled but it's already restored.

Much appreciated!
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