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 John Olsen | March 16 2015

Installing power tools kills explorer. Sometimes when I start up my computer Explorer crashes and restarts. Sometimes I boot with nothing but a black screen and a mouse pointer (no start menu, no nothing).

Uninstalling power tools fixes everything.

Based on other reviews, interference with explorer has been reported multiple times. I look forward to a fix so this package will be worth installing instead of being a huge waste of time.

by keith.ndb | March 05 2015

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT INSTALL TFS Power Tools if you often hibernate or sleep your computer. A few minutes after resuming your computer, TFS Power Tools will cause Windows Explorer to respond very slowly and often hang. Event Viewer will show hundreds of warnings and errors from TFSShellExt per minute since the time your computer was resumed. If you are quick enough you can open Task Manager and kill the TFS processes and wait a couple of minutes for Windows to return to normal, otherwise you'll have to restart your computer.

This problem has been discussed online and reported to the TFS Power Tools Team and still nothing has been done about it. Despite being a great tool otherwise, any productivity you would have gained by using it is voided by that nasty bug.

by dbo.ting | January 29 2015

by СђrΐsτσρhΞr ScЋδlτξη | January 21 2015

Whilst the functionality is useful, this plugin invariably causes Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) process to run at 100% CPU, effectively rendering the PC unusable until Explorer is killed. Whatever the problem, it needs to be fixed.

by Altieri Pereira | November 18 2014

Esta ferramenta ajuda muito em tarefas diárias na administração do Team Foundation Server, como backups agendados.

by Perticai | August 21 2014

Great tool.
It would be great if also the cheked-out date was shown in the status and wildcard search result.

by Ed (DareDevil57) | August 14 2014

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.

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  • Does MS VS TFS 2013 Power Tools installation needs a reboot
    2 Posts | Last post March 12, 2015
    • Hi,
      I just wanted to check if reboot is required after the installation of Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools
    • I tried myself and installation of MS Visual Studio TFS 2013 Power tools does not a reboot.
  • Icon overlay
    1 Posts | Last post March 10, 2015
    • If I execute my x64 explorer replacer I see either the overlay icons and the contextual menu of Team Foundation Server Power tools, if I execute the x86 version I see nothing.
      I need to work with the x86 version of this program. How can I make the icons and menu appear?
      The explorer replacer tool is Total commander but the behaviour is the same with other replacers too.
      The OS is Windows 8.1.
  • Pass Credentials from command
    1 Posts | Last post March 06, 2015
    • Hi,
      i am using Team Foundation Power Tools form my custom application. On some stage i run below command:
      tfpt online /adds /deletes /diff /noprompt /recursive "{path}"
      When this command is running every time i get asked for credentials to connect with TFS. Is there any option to pass these credentials as parameters in command or some other way? I wanted to run my application in schedule every day, and this issue stops me from doing it.
  • Error on Install "The WIndows Shell Extension component..."
    1 Posts | Last post February 16, 2015
    • Complete error is "The Windows Shell Extension component cannot be installed side-by-side with previous versions.  In order to continue, you must deselect that feature, or cancel this installation, uninstall the previous Windows Shell Extension and restart this installation.
      Can someone tell me what to look for to uninstall?  
  • Wrong Team Members Showing.
    3 Posts | Last post February 11, 2015
    • I manage a TFS project that has several teams created. (since I manage, I am admin on all teams)
      Team A: 
      User 1 (me)
      User 2 
      Team B:
      User 1 (me)
      User 3
      User 4
      User 5...
      Team C:
      User 1 (me)
      User 6
      User 7...
      The problem is on a single team, when I select Team A and click the Team Members button, I am taken to the Team Members view, but the only team member is a member of an entirely different team, User 3.
      Now, to confuse me further, when I go to User 2s machine, and look at the Team Members view, he sees a single user also, but the user he sees is User 7.
      If I select one of the other teams which I am a member, I see the correct listing of members as I would expect. It is only this single team which does not display the correct users.
      Without knowing what else to do, I have clear VS cache, and restarted VS, but the problem persists.
      Is this bug, or is there something else I can try to fix this?
    • Follow-up: As a last ditch effort I deleted the team then recreated it.
      Now I see some other random person in the list, only this time, it is someone who does not belong to any of the teams within this project.
      Did I mention how annoying this is?
    • Another follow up: This problem is not with just this single team. 
      I am getting reports for all teams their teams are no displaying correctly.
      Seemingly random members showing in their lists.
  • Prerequites?
    1 Posts | Last post February 02, 2015
    • Does this require Team Explorer Everywhere or VS 2013 to be installed? I'm assuming yes since the 2012 version did, but it would be nice to know for certain.
  • Multiple check-out
    1 Posts | Last post January 23, 2015
    • Hi!
      If I disable the following setting in TFS 2013:
      TEAM / Team Project Settings / Source Control / Check-out Settings / Enable multiple checkout
      multiple checkouts are prevented when using the source control explorer but they are still possible if I check-out a file in the Windows Explorer using TFS 2013 Power Tools.
      Is this a bug or have I missed some additional settings?
  • Support Visual Studio 2015 Preview
    2 Posts | Last post January 23, 2015
    • Thanks for this power tools. Recently I'm trying VS2015 Preview. The only problem stop me from using it regularly is it doesn't support our TFS's "Custom Path Policy". So please release a new version for VS 2015 Preview...Thanks... Or you can open source it like others too...
    • Please support VS 2015 RC...
  • Error 1721
    1 Posts | Last post January 09, 2015
    • I'm getting an 
      "1721 Error 1721. There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program required for this install to complete could not be run."
      when I try to install the tools on the TFS server machine. I've spend hours researching this, and have found several suggestions that do not work. The tools installed fine on my Win 7 x64 workstation. The server is also running on Win 7 x64. Both machines are almost identical (same MB, etc.), the only difference being my workstation has 32 GB of ram and the TFS server having only 16 GB. All OS patches are installed on both machines.
      One suggestion I have not been able to try is to install tfpt.msi directly (as opposed to installing the download from this site); I have not been able to find that file.
      Where can I get the tfpt.msi file? Or if that's not the solution, do you have another suggestion?
  • Added to PATH
    1 Posts | Last post January 08, 2015
    • Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools 
      add more than 150 chars to PATH (on Windows7x64):
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools\
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools\Best Practices Analyzer\
      are these really needed?
      would it be ok to shorten them with symbolic links?
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