Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 breaking Visual Studio 2008

Last week I started having problems with building projects in Visual Studio 2008 because of the error: "Unrecoverable build error". Here's the screen shot.

My coworker, Aaron, said he was having problems with VS freezing / hanging since he installed Microsoft Office 2010 x64. After reading through a number of articles it looks the uninstallation of Office 2007 and/or the installation of Office 2010 x64 causes problems when you switch to design view in VS.

Clearly that's wasn't my problem but I thought it might be related so I followed the same repair process for the "Unrecoverable build error".

Here's how:
  1. Go to the Control panel
  2. Go to Add/Remove Programs
  3. Select Microsoft Visual Studio Web Authoring Component
  4. Click the Change button
  5. Select Repair
  6. Once it is done repairing the installation, Restart your computer
That's all it took and now Visual Studio is back up and building.

Updated on 7/15/2011:

I eventually figured out the problem with the "Unrecoverable Build Error" problem. Check out this post for more information.

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