So we have all used FxCop before haven’t we? Well I found out, that my version was 9.x and it prompted with an available update! So Microsoft’s download page opened. http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=6544 

It only displays a small 1 kb file! a “readme.txt” file. That’s strange. So I checked again for an available download link, but ended up with the same readme file.

This is the content of the text file:

FxCop Installation Instructions 1. Download the Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4 version 7.1. 2. Run %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.1\Bin\FXCop\FxCopSetup.exe to install FxCop.



Ok, so you need the Windows 7 Software Development Kit. That download can be found on http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=8279 and contains a web installer. So more bytes to download.

Make sure that you check the box next to the Tools under .Net Development when you are going to install the SDK.


After the installation you can navigate to:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.1\Bin\FXCop

And there you will find the FxCop 10 installer: FxCopSetup.exe ! Or you can save yourself a lot of time and download it zipped here:


Good luck!

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Comment by Scott Welker

Thank you!
I felt like I was in a rat wheel following MS' directions. Much appreciated!!

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