How to get the Windows SDK folder in MSBuild

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What would be the way to retrieve the Windows SDK folder in an MSBuild task?

Using the generateBootstrapper task I'm creating a bootstrapper for my setup to be able to install the pre-requisites. This task needs the path to the folder where the pre-requisite packages are located, i.e. the Windows SDK folder

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A\Bootstrapper\Packages\"

when using Visual Studio 2008. So far I have been using a hard-coded path but this won't work on any system. Is there a better way to get the path?

This is my build script:

<Project xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003" 
         ToolsVersion="3.5">
    <ItemGroup>
        <BootstrapperFile Include="Microsoft.Net.Framework.2.0">
            <ProductName>.NET Framework 2.0</ProductName>
        </BootstrapperFile>
        <BootstrapperFile Include="Microsoft.Windows.Installer.3.1">
            <ProductName>Windows Installer 3.1</ProductName>
        </BootstrapperFile>
    </ItemGroup>

    <Target Name="Bootstrapper">
        <GenerateBootstrapper ApplicationFile="mySetup.msi" 
            Culture="de-DE" 
            ApplicationName="My Application" 
            OutputPath="$(OutDir)\de-DE" 
            BootstrapperItems="@(BootstrapperFile)" 
            Path="C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A\Bootstrapper\Packages\" />

        <GenerateBootstrapper ApplicationFile="mySetup.msi" 
            Culture="en-US" 
            ApplicationName="My Application" 
            OutputPath="$(OutDir)\en-US" 
            BootstrapperItems="@(BootstrapperFile)" 
            Path="C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A\Bootstrapper\Packages\" />
    </Target>
</Project>

Best Solution

You can also use the GetFrameworkSdkPath MSBuild task.

<GetFrameworkSdkPath>
  <Output TaskParameter="Path" PropertyName="WindowsSdkPath" />
</GetFrameworkSdkPath>  

For example:

<GenerateBootstrapper 
  ApplicationFile="$(SolutionName).application"
  ApplicationName="$(ClickOnceAppTitle)"
  ApplicationUrl="$(ClickOnceUrl)"
  BootstrapperItems="@(BootstrapperFile)"
  Culture="en"
  FallbackCulture="en-US"
  Path="$(WindowsSDKPath)"
  OutputPath="." />