Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 Power Tools

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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 Bill Faulk | December 13 2014

I tried this for the search functionality and unfortunately the searches for checked out files never return any results.

TFS 2012, Visual Studio 2012, Windows 7x64. I tried installing from a command windows run as administrator and that didn't help.

by aegrosfeld | August 08 2014

by fokytapia | July 29 2014

by Niral Mistry | November 12 2013


Great Tool Indeed,
Use it very often and its making my day to day task easier saving lots of time,
well one suggestion I would like to give is tfpt getcs <changeset> command, pl. add one more functionality to that is to get the files to a different folder specified rather than to the workspace which is mapped to

Niral Mistry

by Ing. Lele | October 28 2013

by miproch | October 18 2013


In a future release, please add either a /force or a (Yes/No/All) capacity to UU.

I really like tfpt uu /recursive /noget, my finger grows tired of hitting 'y' repeatedly to the command I just gave.

Thank you,


by Aleksandar Totovic | October 08 2013

It's very nice

by Mahmoud Samara | September 24 2013

It's working great with Win server 2012, and Windows 8 Ent

by TNJMAN | September 03 2013

This makes TFS actually a pleasure. Saved me a lot of "struggling." Thanks for this offering!

by GTTG | July 18 2013

This doesn't work on Windows 8. It only offers one product for selection during the installation process and that is the Best Practices Analyzer.

TFS Power Tools Team July 22 2013
| Edit |

Have you installed Visual Studio on this machine? The Power Tools contain server and client components. If the Visual Studio 2012 client is not installed, the client components will not be available to you.

by joltcoder | July 11 2013

I use the shell extension more than i do the source control view inside of VS.

by GünterS | July 10 2013

by sebastin_saji | July 05 2013

I am facing an issue after installing TFS 2012 update 2 with my backups.

My Schedule backup (using latest power tool update 2) is not working. By clicking the “create scheduled backup” option nothing is happening.

MS Says: In CU2, the backup has moved from the Power Tools to the TFS product. & asked for some log files ...after providing those NO response!..

Can any one, please guide me to fix the issue?

TFS Power Tools Team July 05 2013
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This is fixed in QU3. In QU2 if customers have a misconfigured Reporting Services instance, the WMI call throws an exception and the Scheduled Backups wizard fails to start. QU3 has just been released and has this fixed.

by Sergey Timanovsky | June 25 2013

TFS shell extensions cause explorer.exe crash on my Windows 8 Proffessional when i open some disks or folders.

by Calico Eric | June 11 2013

I cannot install this as the install fails in the middle claiming that "Windows Explorer" needs to be closed to proceed.

Products which cannot be installed are pretty useless so I give this one star (at least the install did not wipe my disk . . . ).

by Eliezer Perlmutter | May 08 2013

by Sergio Parra | April 27 2013

Great set of tools for TFS. I like it

by Nicolas Plourde - Keyrus Canada | April 24 2013

Great tool

by Johann Blais | April 19 2013

by TimAtHammerhead | February 15 2013

Apparently something is wrong with the version detection on this package. I have vs 2012 web express edition and applied update 1 all on a newly configured machine. A prerequisites page comes up indicating that virtually all the features require "Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 or Visual Studio Team Explorer 2012". I have seen no mention of the power tools requiring the pro edition so I can only assume the detection criteria within the msi are incorrect?

TFS Power Tools Team March 01 2013
| Edit |

Thanks for your report. I have updated the description to include the prerequisites.

Ewald Hofman
TFS Program Manager

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  • Error opening work item definition
    1 Posts | Last post March 07, 2014
    • Hi, 
      I open process template successfully. But when i try to open Type Definitions\Bug, Visual Studio crashes and says not responding. Is there any log file that Power Tools write? How can i find the error?
  • error on opening old version templates
    2 Posts | Last post March 04, 2014
    • hi, I encounterred this error:
      Unsupported version '', can only support ''.
      any suggestion on what's next? Is there a tool for converting template files?
    • I just exported an existing version from the current Project and the issue solved itself.
  • How do you access a global Work Item template from the New Linked Work Item?
    1 Posts | Last post February 10, 2014
    • I have our team setup to grab a work item task template from a shared directory; however, additional work items are usually created within an already existing work item - a User Story or Bug. 
      For example: A Bug is created from a template (accessed under New Work Item --> New Work Item from Template). To quickly add additional tasks to the Bug I want to click ALL LINKS --> New from within the Bug.  Using this process will create a work item but I cannot choose a template.
  • Open Global List from Server Returns Builds???
    1 Posts | Last post January 27, 2014
    • I've been using Power Tools forever, and for some reason today when I open Global List from server I get a list of builds for each TFS project, and when expanded I see the builds.
      No global lists to be found, but they are working fine.
      What the heck? 
      I wiped my TFS & VS caches, ran update 4 for VS  2012, uninstalled Powertools and downloaded & installed latest, rebooted, same thing.
      Any idea why I am seeing builds instead of the Global Lists (or more precisely, why I can't see my other lists)? 
      I am a TFS admin.
  • Windows Shell Extensions not available in file dialogs
    2 Posts | Last post January 24, 2014
    • Windows Shell Extensions work fine in my Windows Explorer but I've never seen them in any common file Dialog, also none of my colleagues. What must be done to use extensions also in file dialogs?
    • Right now, only the 64-bit version of the shell extension is only getting installed and registered on 64-bit OS's.  So if a 32-bit program brings up a file dialog, the shell extension won't show up.
  • Setting Find in Source Control to Search in Source Control
    2 Posts | Last post January 17, 2014
    • I want to search all the files (across all project teams) in Source Control for a particular string (ie: a table name).  I have the Power Tool installed and when I use the Find in Source Control function it searches through my local drive and not in Source Control.  How do I set it to look in Source Control?
      Thank you for the info.
    • Sorry, but we don't have code search feature implemented yet in TFS. Power tool Find in Source control only search on file name level (It doesn't look at the file content.).
  • VS 2012 Update 4
    2 Posts | Last post January 15, 2014
    • After I install Update 4 the Power Tools no longer working. So strange. Do I need to reinstall?
    • Hmmm, that is not expected. Yes please reinstall the power tools so it can reregister itself.
  • Is the Visual Studio Update 4 supported?
    2 Posts | Last post January 15, 2014
    • Is the Visual Studio Update 4 supported?
      versions higher than Visual Studio  Update 4  will supported?
    • Yes, Update 4 and any future update on top of Visual Studio 2012 is supported by this version of the power tools.
  • Windows Shell Extension menu items
    3 Posts | Last post January 06, 2014
    • What controls which menu items appear under Team Foundation Server in windows explorer?  We are seeing different menu items for different users even though they are in the same TFS group.  For example, one user has a 'Get Latest Version' item, but another user on a different machine has 'Get Entire Workspace' and 'Get Selected Item(s)' menu options instead.
    • Do they have the same Power Tools version installed?  Later versions of the shell extension show 'Get Entire Workspace' and 'Get Selected Item(s)'.
    • Yes, I believe so.  I'll double-check though.
  • Support for TFS Update 4
    3 Posts | Last post December 26, 2013
    • I recently upgraded my TFS server to TFS 2012 update 4.  I was wondering when the power tools will be updated to work with update 4?
    • I guess I should put more info about my issue.  I am trying to use the TFPT addprojectportal command and I am only getting the generic error: 
      Please contact your administrator. There was an error contacting the server.
      Technical information (for administrator):
        HTTP code 200: OK
      The command I used prior to update 4 worked fine.
    • I Can confirm that I have the exact issue, the "tfpt.exe addprojectportal" command doesn't work, it gives the following error:
      Please contact your administrator. There was an error contacting the server.
      Technical information (for administrator): HTTP code 200: OK
      /Verbose doesn't change the error message. 
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