Visual Studio Versions
Crystal Reports is available for purchase as a separate application, or as a version that is installed as part of most versions of Microsoft Visual Studio (commonly known as Crystal Reports for Visual Studio).
If you intend to use Crystal Reports for Visual Studio, you must verify that the version of Visual Studio that you have installed supports Crystal Reports. Crystal Reports is included with most of the Visual Studio Professional versions, or other versions of Visual Studio that include Visual Studio Professional. Versions of Visual Studio that include Crystal Reports by default will also support an upgrade to Crystal Report Developer.
Crystal Reports is not compatible with Visual Studio Express Editions.
Visual Studio Version
Crystal Reports Included?
Visual Studio 2008, Professional or higher
Visual Studio 2008, Express Editions
Visual Studio 2005, Professional or higher
Visual Studio 2005 Express Edition (C#, Visual Basic, C++, SQL, J#, Web Developer)
Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation
Visual Studio .NET 2003, Professional or higher
Visual Studio .NET 2003, Standard (C#, Visual Basic, or C++)
The Crystal Reports Component
By default, the Crystal Reports component is installed as part of your Visual Studio installation. If you must install the Crystal Reports component, relaunch the Visual Studio installer and follow directions to add enterprise development tools.