Lemme see if I understand this. You have a program in a .cpp file and you want to create the .exe file from it? You obviously can't run/debug a project until you've built/compiled your project. You may have already tried this but have you clicked on the "Build Solution" option from the "Build" pull-down menu? You can't use the debugger till you've built it. When I tried to do that, it gave me a message like "Project is not built. Do you want to build it now?"