A question I receive a lot recently is that after installing Visual Studio, the installation of the RDLC Report Designer produces an error:

The install of Microsoft RDLC Report Designer was not successful for all the selected products. This extension is not installable on any currently installed products.


The reason for this error is very simple: you are using or installed the wrong version of Visual Studio. The RDLC Report Designer only works with Visual Studio 2019, 2017 or lower, not with Visual Studio 2022.


In the requirements it states the following:

System Requirements for Business Central 2021 Release Wave 2 – Business Central | Microsoft Docs


This means you need to download/install Visual Studio 2017 or 2019 (that is also compatible), and you can find those here:


After you install the compatible Visual Studio 2017 or 2019, the RDLC Report Designer for Visual Studio installs without any errors.

One Thought on “How do I: Find the correct version of Visual Studio to design Business Central RDLC report layouts?

  1. Martin on December 24, 2023 at 11:46 said:

    It works in VS2022, if you download RDLC from within VS2022 with extension->manage extensions and search for RDLC. This download is 0.2MB smaller then the one you would get from google search. It also installs the prerequisites, so you just need a bare minimum VS2022 Community Edition to start with.

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