imageI ran across a great article on Phil Haack’s blog regarding a registry tweak you can make so you can right-click on any folder and launch the Visual Studio Web Server (aka Cassini) against the directory.  This is very handy if you are working on a website locally and want to spin it up without completely opening Visual Studio.  Here’s the code you need:

32 bit (x86)
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\shell\VS2008 WebServer]
@="ASP.NET Web Server Here"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\shell\VS2008 WebServer\command]
@="C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\microsoft shared\\DevServer
\\9.0\\Webdev.WebServer.exe /port:8080 /path:\"%1\""
64 bit (x64)
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\shell\VS2008 WebServer]
@="ASP.NET Web Server Here"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\shell\VS2008 WebServer\command]
@="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Common Files\\microsoft shared\\DevServer
\\9.0\\Webdev.WebServer.exe /port:8080 /path:\"%1\""

Thanks for this great tip Phil!!

Source: VS2008 Web Server Here Shell Extension (Phil Haack)