Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools


Power Tools are a set of enhancements, tools, and command-line utilities that increase productivity of Team Foundation Server scenarios.

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by Christiaan Rakowski | July 03 2014

by Eddie Parker | May 09 2014

Great tool, absolutely need it. However, can you fix tfpt uu to:

- do /noget by default? (changing the client state as a default is a bad idea)
- Support uu for merged files. I have merges that aren't different (at the binary level) yet uu ignores it.

by Ralph Jansen | March 07 2014

by SouravKundu | January 31 2014

When I installed VS 2013 and did not find the clone build and wildcard find option I wasn't happy at all. These are nice little productivity tools. TFPT provides that and a lot of other work item modification capabilities. A must have for any TFS Admin!

by Christian Haeussler | January 31 2014

This Tools make the TFS Administration until complete!

by AntonioBakula | January 21 2014

by akfi | January 06 2014

Its completion of TFS...

by feelingsofwhite | December 13 2013

Why is the PowerShell Cmdlets not installed by default?(!) PowerShell FTW! Looks like tfpt spackles over some of the gaps in TF.exe, looking forward to it

by Bin Liu | December 10 2013

I would expect someone from the Tools Team respond to posted questions within reasonable time frame (my question was posted on 12/02/2013 with specific info. No response more than one week later).

by Kazuhiko_Kondo | November 01 2013

by phecht_wescom | October 30 2013

When installing, it would be nice if it uninstalled "The Windows Shell extension" from a previous version automatically.

I basing the five stars on previous versions on TFPT. I just installed Visual Studio 2013 and need these tools. I'm assuming they have the "it just works" quality that the 2010/12 version had.

by Alexandr Shamray | October 13 2013

by Hamid Shahid | September 25 2013

Excellent. Works well with Visual Studio 2013 RC client and TFS 2012.

by M. Samara | September 24 2013

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  • Clone build is missing
    5 Posts | Last post 7:12 AM
    • We are using TFS 2012 update 3 and VS 2013 update 1 and Windows 8.x. The clone build option is not visible in the IDE.
      The process editor and tfpt clone works fine.
    • I have TFS 2013 and VS Update 1 and clone builds is missing for me too. I have tried to reinstall with no success.
    • It turns out that the option is not visible if the Build tab is undocked from Team Explorer. Re-docking got it back.
    • Oh wow, it would have taken me forever to figure this out. Thanks.
      Hopefully it gets fixed.
      In the meantime, there's the command-line alternative:
      tfpt builddefinition /clone source target
    • Well now we updated to tfs 2013 update 2 and vs 2013 update 2 on win 8.1. I have undocked and docked again but still no clone build.
  • How to disable green arrow icon overlay?
    3 Posts | Last post Tue 10:36 PM
    • Hi, my assets in tfs are images and I need to take screenshots of these images from Windows Explorer. Is there anyway to remove the green arrow added by Power Tools?
    • You could uninstall the Explorer integration of the tool which is not ideal since you lose the functionality along with the icons.
      The overlay handlers for ShellIcons are registered here:
      Removing the keys under that node that are related to tfs will likely make the icons go away.  You will almost certainly have to reboot.
      Usually programs will include an option to disable overlays but I couldn't find that option for the TFS Power Tools.
      Hope that helps.
    • Yeah I wish there was a toggle to turn off the overlay when I need the screenshot to be clean. Or like Dropbox and OneDrive, give you the option to "exit" the program so that the overlay is also gone.
      Thanks a lot for the registry path!
  • right-click menu on work item after query is slow to open
    1 Posts | Last post Mon 2:28 PM
    • hi, think I've found a bug. When I open a query and then right click on a work item (e.g. a bug), the context menu doesn't immediately open and hangs VS2013 until something times out. 
      As a workaround I've uninstalled the "visual studio integration" feature of tfpt and it's quick again. Cheers
  • Problem with Power Tools 2013.
    1 Posts | Last post Fri 1:23 PM
    • Hello guys, 
      I have Team Explorer 2013 installed and installed Power Tools 2013 also. However, when I try to change something using Process Editor, no window opens. Ie, nothing happens, no error message and does not open the window for me to proceed with the customization necessary. 
      Has anyone experienced this and know how to solve?
  • TFPT annotate large font issue
    1 Posts | Last post Fri 9:14 AM
    • Please fix high dpi mode issue with TFPT annotate
  • Unable to find Process Editor
    1 Posts | Last post July 16, 2014
    • I have Visual Studio 2013 Pro and I have installed Power Tools and also Team Explorer 2013 to go with our TFS 2013 Server.  Under Tools, I am unable to find Process Editor.  I have tried uninstalling the various pieces and reinstalling, with no success.  Is there a step I am missing in order to get that menu item?
  • Team members not visible
    2 Posts | Last post July 16, 2014
    • I am using VS2013 to work on a project that is hosted on a server running TFS2010. I have installed VS2010 SP1, VS2013 update 1, tfs power tools december 2011 and tfs power tools 2013. In VS2010 I get the Team members list in my server explorer, but in VS2013 I don't get the Team Members list in my team explorer.
      I really need the team members list in VS2013. How can I make it appear?
      I also posted a question on stackoverflow with screenshots:
    • I have this problem too
      Tema Project created in TFS 2008 doesn't have team members list in VS2013
  • VS 2013 and TFS 2010
    2 Posts | Last post July 08, 2014
    • Hi,
      We have VS2013 and TFS 2010 does these powertools works in our case ?
    • Yes, this is a supported configuration according to the description.
  • Team Member Contact ID Missmatch
    3 Posts | Last post July 08, 2014
    • I have seen this in the last few versions of the Power Tools so I am not sure if it is the Power Tools or something to do with our setup of Lync.  We are using Lync 2010 with TFS 2013.  In Visual Studio under the Team Members it displays the wrong team member information.  I found that if I right-click on one of the members and choose Contact ID it shows the correct name but the wrong Contact ID.  If I change the Contact ID to the correct email address it displays the information fine but if I change to one of the other items (ie Pending Changes) and come back that information is lost.  Can someone provide some insight as to the cause of the issue and possibly how to fix it.
    • I am experiencing the same problem as you. Is there a way to permanently edit the contact ID?
    • I'm hitting a similar problem, which I assume is related. In my case, I'm switching from the Lync provider to Skype, but when I come back to the Team Member view all the team members are defaulted back to the Lync provider.
  • Made my system unuseable after resuming windows.
    8 Posts | Last post July 01, 2014
    • I'm using Win8.1. VS2013 Pro.  After installing version: 12.0.60919.00 and coming out of hibernation, my system was kept so busy with hard disk activity that I had to power off/on to get back it.  I inspected the Event log and saw several TFSShellExt alternating Error/Warning messages per minute.  I got work to do so I just uninstalled it, I do not have time to figure out why.
    • Exact same issue here.
    • I'm seeing this too, first with Win8.1 RC then with fresh install of Win8.1. I'm pretty sure I saw it before with Win8.0, but not nearly so frequently. Explorer busies-out the CPU and gobbles all available memory; if you can get Task Manager open in time you can kill Explorer.exe and recover, but it's quite inconvenient!
      The event log is full of TFSShellExt errors and warnings, just as Byron Adams notes.
      This smells a lot like the problem brilliantly diagnosed and documented by Martin Kulov over two years ago, coming down to an incorrect implementation of the IDisposable pattern in TfsComProvider.Core.TfsCache.CachedServer, in which Finalize() calls Dispose(), but Dispose() is referencing managed objects that have already been cleaned up, resulting in a null reference exception:
      I'm sure this specific bug has been fixed by now, but could there be something similar lurking in the codebase?
    • The same issue after resuming from hibernation these days. Even keyboard/mouse stop working. But I found Remote Desktop from other computer can change current desktop into login screen, and keyboard/mouse works there. (But the Remote Desktop client still cannot get into the desktop) I choose to restart at login screen. That's better than power reset...
    • I found a way to kill exploere.exe from remote computer, using 
      "taskkill /s (ip) /im explorer.exe" (From Windows 8) or "tskill explorer /server:(ip) /a /v" (from Windows 7). But I only use it twice, it seems need to connect Remote Desktop too...?
      Just found this tool has update at 2014/4/3, but not seem from VS update notification... I have tried install new version and resume once... Not eating memory this time... Hope it's been fixed...
    • This tool update to 12.1.00402.0 at 5/13, but the download file seems just the same with previous one... And problem still the same...
      I found another workaround, run msi - Modify - uncheck Windows Shell Extension (x64) then restart...
    • This tool update to 12.1.00402.0 at 6/10... The version is just the same as previous one... And I had download it... File size is the same too... Don't know what's changed...
    • This tool update to 12.1.00402.0 at 6/30... AGAIN!!! The version is just the same as previous one... And I had download it... File size is the same too... Don't know what's changed...
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