I've got a simple question, but don't know how to solve the problem. What's the best way to update an already deployed content-type? I want to keep the lists, that already use my old one, but need to update it.

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    Did you create the content type in the browser or was this created and deployed via feature? Apr 25, 2012 at 18:49
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    And what do you want to update? Only add a field or ? Apr 25, 2012 at 18:58
  • I deployed it as a feature and I changed the form templates. Now I want the already created forms to use the new template. So i need to "redeploy" the content-type. Apr 26, 2012 at 7:56

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Use Feature Versioning. See Deep dive into feature versioning and upgrade support in SharePoint 2010.


I wanted to implement a custom rendering template, so didn't realy need to redeploy it as I learned now. The best way to achieve this was to use an event receiver to update the existing content-type "on the fly". Thanks for your answers and suggestions.

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