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Rating:        Based on 22 ratings
Reviewed:  18 reviews
Downloads: 24896
Released: Aug 16, 2008
Updated: Jan 2, 2009 by terrajobst
Dev status: Stable Help Icon

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Release Notes


  • Clone Detective integration into Visual Studio 2008
  • Help (integrated into Visual Studio 2008)
  • ConQAT 1.3
Note: The first few hours this release contained a broken setup. If you have already downloaded the setup please uninstall and download the current version. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Third-Party References

Reference Required Used For
Visual Studio 2008 Standard or Higher Yes Underlying platform
Java 1.5.0_01 or newer Yes Underlying platform
Visual Studio 2008 SDK No Only required to build and debug source code
MSBuild Community Tasks No Only required to build source code
ConQAT 1.3 No Only required to build source code
Sandcastle No Only required to build documentation
Sandcastle Style Patch No Only required to build documentation
Sandcastle Extensions No Only required to build documentation
Sandcastle Help File Builder No Only required to build documentation
Windows Installer XML (WiX) toolset Version 3 No Only required to build setup

Reviews for this release

by 03060212 on Aug 2, 2012 at 8:55 AM
WARNING: As mentioned before: This installer is going to reset the entire VS settings. To overcome the issue: Prior to installing go to Tools > Import and Export Settings and export all possible settings. After installation of Clone Detective and in the case that your settings are gone just re import your backed up settings. Even without its settings, Clone Detective seems to work
by Seikilos on Feb 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM
WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! As mentioned in other reviews, the installer does very bad things to your current VS installation. After installing today, it wiped out all my VS2008 settings, history, source control settings, window layout, etc, etc, etc. After this "refreshing" experience, I will be MUCH more careful about downloading from CodePlex.
by davehamdan on Dec 21, 2010 at 4:56 PM
As a few have mentioned before, the installer is sloppy. It hangs near the end only to succeed when you try and stop it. After, you will find most Visual Studio settings have been reset(!). Then, it didn't work until I did a follow-up Repair install. Now it appears to works fine. I initially installed the app after a clean reboot before any instances of VS were opened. I'm on Windows XP SP3.
by captaings on Aug 17, 2010 at 2:25 PM
Completely reset my VS installation. Project history. Gone. Source Control settings, Gone. NOT COOL! It reset my templates, my environment settings. Nice going. Oh, and it is completely useless in finding clones. The things it thinks are clones aren't even close.
by unklegwar on Jul 29, 2010 at 9:56 PM
Installation hangs at the point of registering with Visual Studio. No idea why. Could it be that having VS2005, VS2008 and VS2010 on my machine is causing a panic attack? Do the install after a clean boot, before you run VS and it will finish. Once installed, this is just SUPERB. My rating has gone from 2 stars to 3, to 5. Watch the video - it's the best way to get started.
by BHofmann on Feb 5, 2010 at 12:54 PM
Superb it has cut my code base down by quite a bit.
by SaintGerbil on Sep 14, 2009 at 3:51 PM
I have my first trial in participating, so i will study what is going on behind user interface .... Thanks for your efforts Hythm M. Hossam El-din
by Violin_Coding on Sep 14, 2009 at 1:25 PM
Simply don't works or appear in VS on my machine without any hints why.
by lowtekk on May 9, 2009 at 12:18 PM
Thanks heaps for this, I'm finding it quite useful
by tjjjohnson on Apr 15, 2009 at 9:44 PM
Simply fantastic. I wish this had been around from day one. Fantastic idea and a fantastic implementation. Well done.
by InfiniteMonkeys on Mar 25, 2009 at 11:31 PM
Great tool. Thank you!
by Jetro223 on Mar 24, 2009 at 11:03 PM
Really great tool ! Works great even with larger solutions.
by terje2000 on Mar 12, 2009 at 6:34 PM
This thing really works, I have a big application with lots of forms and issues with it, and with the tool I was able to show the actual cost of making changes to it, the only thing I suggest is to be able to export this (or some help on that) to create a kind of report of the existing clones.
by icon_g on Aug 29, 2008 at 7:29 PM
Fantastic work. I've written a blog post about it at
by rbanks54 on Aug 22, 2008 at 1:00 AM
Very very usefull
by alecava on Aug 20, 2008 at 9:17 AM
Pretty cool!
by Chewbacca on Aug 17, 2008 at 8:35 PM
Really nice piece of software! Good Job
by bitschubser on Aug 16, 2008 at 5:12 PM