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Sanitizing the Toolbox

I created an issue with the Visual Studio 2008 toolbox.  I was doing and installation and removal tests which ended up pooching the toolbox.  I got a message from VS that effectively said, “Hey, your tool just pooched the toolbox – I’m going to do you a favor and disable your tools so they won’t crash VS.”  I accepted this and no matter what I tried within the GUI after cleanly uninstalling and reinstalling my tools, I couldn’t get the tools back.  Reset toolbox didn’t work.

To fix the problem I went to the folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR_USER_NAME_HERE\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0

and deleted all files ending with .tbd  (tool box data, I assume).  Use the 8.0 directory for VS 2005.

The first time I touched the tool box Visual Studio took its own sweet time, but it repaired itself.

Published Thursday, January 29, 2009 12:04 PM by Steve Hawley


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