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Visual Basic 2010 Express Open File/Project problem

I have just installed the VBE 2010 version alongside the 2008 versions. When I get to the Start Page in VB, clicking on "Open Project" does nothing. Going to File > Open Project, does nothing and going to File > Open File does nothing. Which means I have no way of getting a project (or file) into VBE 2010. Is there anyone else with the same problem, and hopefully, a fix?

It also appears that C# suffers the exact same problem.



6 Answers Found


Answer 1



Try to uninstall or repair the program..........by going in to the control panel select VB 2010 uninstall and follow the instructions to repair or uninstall. Also I would recommended  Un-installing 2008 it is better just to keep one version not two you get enough problems when you have a lot fo these programs since they use .net framework and rest.......


Hope it helps



Answer 2

Hi Asim,
I normally do uninstall the old version, but I don't think all the resources I use for my XNA projects (such as the Sunburn rendering engine) are fully compatible with XNA 4 yet. So I need the 2008 version for XNA 3, but wanted to try 2010 to see what they had added to C# and VB.

I'll try installing it into my secondary boot option, that way I can have a look and not affect my existing installation.

Thanks for the help though.


Answer 3

Both versions can exist together I have both installed and have no problems with either .

Answer 4



Is this happening now OR when you set up VS(i.e., from the start) ??




Answer 5

It installs fine, with no errors, but when I try and open  a project or file, no dialog box is shown... That's in both VB and C#. I installed it in my XP boot and it works fine in there. The place I am having problems is in my Win 7 64-bit boot, which is where VS2008 is installed.

Answer 6


You are not able to run Visual studio after installing it on Windows 7. 

Suggesting that you run it in compatibility mode.
Right click on Application shortcut |Properties | Compatibility Tab

Check Run this program in compatibility mode for and select XP or other Vista from the list.

If that doesn’t work try to launch the visual studio with Safemode

Start | Run |

<Path>/Devenv.exe /safemode

Hope this helps




I had VB2008 Express on my machine, registered.

I previously installed and used MS Visual Basic 2010 Express beta 2 ENU on XP SP3 machine.

Now it asked for Registration. So I tried. It complained I sould update to full 2010 release. So I tried this.

It didn't succeed. It complained about old beta 2 ENU Components that need to be uninstalled.

I removed everything named 2010 in Systems software.

I updated .net 4.0 beta 2 to full .Net 4.0.

Still it doesn't install. It still complains about old beta 2 ENU components I now cannot find.

What else should I do?

I think this Issue is relevant to all that installed VB 2010 beta 2 ENU

Thank You for any advice!


I have a picture box that I am wanting to click on and open an excel file that is already created. If anyone can help me with the right code, or steps to take I would really appreciate it.  Thanks so much.




I'm face to a major problem : Visual Studio crashed few hours ago during a debbuging, and I'm now unable  to launch a single project , it crashs when I want to open a text file (but I can open a form without problem, how strange?)! So I tried to reinit my profil but that doesn't change anything. Even worse, I couldn't launch Visual Studio 2010 anymore!

After that, I try to reboot but that didn't change anyting. Also I uninstall VS 2010 express, and reinstall VC++ 2k10 : Same crash at project opening or creation. In fact, if the project is empty, that works, but if I create a new file, it show an error and ask for quit. Once again, I try to restore the initial settings but that don't fix anything. I tried "vcexpress /resetuserdata", and it shows "unknown error" and nothing happens.

I tried to launch it on another session, same problem. Why is so? I didn't change anything in the settings and even if I uninstall and reinstall VS 2k10, that don't fix my problem! I try vcexpress /resetuserdata but I get the same "unknow error".

Here's the signature of the first problem on the error log:

Type de l'événement :    Erreur
Source de l'événement :    Microsoft Visual Studio
Catégorie de l'événement :    Aucun
ID de l'événement :    5000
Date :        13/07/2010
Heure :        13:26:22
Utilisateur :    N/A
Ordinateur :    CTP0682
Description :
La description pour l'ID d'événement ( 5000 ) dans la source (Microsoft Visual Studio) est introuvable. L'ordinateur local n'a peut-être pas les informations de Registre ou les librairies requises pour afficher les messages émanant d'un ordinateur distant. Vous pourrez peut-être utiliser l'option /AUXSOURCE= pour récupérer cette description. Reportez-vous aux rubriques Aide et support pour plus de détails. Les informations suivantes font partie de l'événement : clr20r3; devenv.exe; 10.0.30319.1; 4ba1fab3; NIL; NIL; NIL; NIL; NIL; NIL; NIL.
Données :
0000: 63 00 6c 00 72 00 32 00   c.l.r.2.
0008: 30 00 72 00 33 00 2c 00   0.r.3.,.
0010: 20 00 64 00 65 00 76 00    .d.e.v.
0018: 65 00 6e 00 76 00 2e 00   e.n.v...
0020: 65 00 78 00 65 00 2c 00   e.x.e.,.
0028: 20 00 31 00 30 00 2e 00    .1.0...
0030: 30 00 2e 00 33 00 30 00   0...3.0.
0038: 33 00 31 00 39 00 2e 00   3.1.9...
0040: 31 00 2c 00 20 00 34 00   1.,. .4.
0048: 62 00 61 00 31 00 66 00   b.a.1.f.
0050: 61 00 62 00 33 00 2c 00   a.b.3.,.
0058: 20 00 4e 00 49 00 4c 00    .N.I.L.
0060: 2c 00 20 00 4e 00 49 00   ,. .N.I.
0068: 4c 00 2c 00 20 00 4e 00   L.,. .N.
0070: 49 00 4c 00 2c 00 20 00   I.L.,. .
0078: 4e 00 49 00 4c 00 2c 00   N.I.L.,.
0080: 20 00 4e 00 49 00 4c 00    .N.I.L.
0088: 2c 00 20 00 4e 00 49 00   ,. .N.I.
0090: 4c 00 20 00 4e 00 49 00   L. .N.I.
0098: 4c 00 0d 00 0a 00         L..... 


Here's the last one, under VC 2k10 :

Type de l'événement :    Erreur
Source de l'événement :    Microsoft VC Express
Catégorie de l'événement :    Aucun
ID de l'événement :    5000
Date :        13/07/2010
Heure :        15:23:14
Utilisateur :    N/A
Ordinateur :    CTP0682
Description :
La description pour l'ID d'événement ( 5000 ) dans la source (Microsoft VC Express) est introuvable. L'ordinateur local n'a peut-être pas les informations de Registre ou les librairies requises pour afficher les messages émanant d'un ordinateur distant. Vous pourrez peut-être utiliser l'option /AUXSOURCE= pour récupérer cette description. Reportez-vous aux rubriques Aide et support pour plus de détails. Les informations suivantes font partie de l'événement : clr20r3; vcexpress.exe; 10.0.30319.1; 4ba1faa9; microsoft.visualstudio.platform.vseditor;; 4ba1d76c; 1dee; 0; system.nullreferenceexception; NIL.
Données :
0000: 63 00 6c 00 72 00 32 00   c.l.r.2.
0008: 30 00 72 00 33 00 2c 00   0.r.3.,.
0010: 20 00 76 00 63 00 65 00    .v.c.e.
0018: 78 00 70 00 72 00 65 00   x.p.r.e.
0020: 73 00 73 00 2e 00 65 00   s.s...e.
0028: 78 00 65 00 2c 00 20 00   x.e.,. .
0030: 31 00 30 00 2e 00 30 00   1.0...0.
0038: 2e 00 33 00 30 00 33 00   ..3.0.3.
0040: 31 00 39 00 2e 00 31 00   1.9...1.
0048: 2c 00 20 00 34 00 62 00   ,. .4.b.
0050: 61 00 31 00 66 00 61 00   a.1.f.a.
0058: 61 00 39 00 2c 00 20 00   a.9.,. .
0060: 6d 00 69 00 63 00 72 00   m.i.c.r.
0068: 6f 00 73 00 6f 00 66 00   o.s.o.f.
0070: 74 00 2e 00 76 00 69 00   t...v.i.
0078: 73 00 75 00 61 00 6c 00   s.u.a.l.
0080: 73 00 74 00 75 00 64 00   s.t.u.d.
0088: 69 00 6f 00 2e 00 70 00   i.o...p.
0090: 6c 00 61 00 74 00 66 00   l.a.t.f.
0098: 6f 00 72 00 6d 00 2e 00   o.r.m...
00a0: 76 00 73 00 65 00 64 00   v.s.e.d.
00a8: 69 00 74 00 6f 00 72 00   i.t.o.r.
00b0: 2c 00 20 00 31 00 30 00   ,. .1.0.
00b8: 2e 00 30 00 2e 00 30 00   ..0...0.
00c0: 2e 00 30 00 2c 00 20 00   ..0.,. .
00c8: 34 00 62 00 61 00 31 00   4.b.a.1.
00d0: 64 00 37 00 36 00 63 00   d.7.6.c.
00d8: 2c 00 20 00 31 00 64 00   ,. .1.d.
00e0: 65 00 65 00 2c 00 20 00   e.e.,. .
00e8: 30 00 2c 00 20 00 73 00   0.,. .s.
00f0: 79 00 73 00 74 00 65 00   y.s.t.e.
00f8: 6d 00 2e 00 6e 00 75 00   m...n.u.
0100: 6c 00 6c 00 72 00 65 00   l.l.r.e.
0108: 66 00 65 00 72 00 65 00   f.e.r.e.
0110: 6e 00 63 00 65 00 65 00   n.c.e.e.
0118: 78 00 63 00 65 00 70 00   x.c.e.p.
0120: 74 00 69 00 6f 00 6e 00   t.i.o.n.
0128: 20 00 4e 00 49 00 4c 00    .N.I.L.
0130: 0d 00 0a 00               ....

Thank you to help me to fix that, it's really annoying and I can't work anymore! And I don't know why!



Hello, I'm working with VS 2010 and I'd like my default Open Project option to be "Add to Solution" like it was in VS 2008. It appears that it was changed to "Close Solution" in VS 2010. Can I configure this default anywhere in the system? The reason I would like it to behave this way is explained in my TFS forum post here: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en/tfsgeneral/thread/446934c1-2928-4089-ba77-50222ef3776f A short description of why I need to set this default that I want projects to be added to my current solution when I double click them in the TFS Source Control Explorer (as they were in VS 2008). Could you provide me with some direction of how I may configure this in Visual Studio? Thanks, -Nick

Hi ,

in Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition (Beta 2) , when opening a new Windows Application project ,

and then opening the (form) designer  (or double-click on Form1.vb , which is created by default) ,

I am getting the following error message :

Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition :

There is no editor available for "C:\Documents and Settings ... \Form1.vb" .

Make sure the application for the file type (.vb) is installed .

This problem doesn't occur for me when using Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition .

How to solve the above problem in VB 2008 Express Edition ?

Thanks in advance ,

Lior .



I had Project Professional 2010 Beta installed and with it i created a project file.

Recently i installed the final version of Project Professional 2010.

When i tried opening that project file i created with the Beta Version the application freezes.

In the title bar appears "Not Responding".

The CPU usage jumps to 70% and the process responsible for that is "WINPROJ.EXE".

Any ideas on how to recover that project file ?

Thanks in advance

I have just installed VB 2010 Express Beta 2 and tried to create a Windows Forms project, but got

An error occurred while parsing EntityName. Line 2, position 54.

Here is the call stack:
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Throw(Exception e)
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Throw(String res, String arg)
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseEntityName()
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseAttributeValueSlow(Int32 curPos, Char quoteChar, NodeData attr)
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseAttributes()
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseElement()
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseElementContent()
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Read()
at System.Xml.XmlTextReader.Read()
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Design.VSTypeResolutionService.GeneratedAssemblyEntry.RealizeMoniker(String moniker)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Design.VSTypeResolutionService.GeneratedAssemblyEntry.get_FileName()
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Design.VSTypeResolutionService.AssemblyEntry.get_AssemblyName()
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Design.VSTypeResolutionService.AssemblyEntry.get_FullName()
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Design.VSTypeResolutionService.FindAssembly(AssemblyEntry[] entries, String fullName)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Design.VSTypeResolutionService.SearchGeneratedEntries(String fullName, Boolean correctThread)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Design.VSTypeResolutionService.System.ComponentModel.Design.IDesignTimeAssemblyLoader.GetTargetAssemblyPath(AssemblyName runtimeOrTargetAssemblyName, String suggestedAssemblyPath, FrameworkName targetFramework)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Design.VsTargetFrameworkUniverse.ResolveAssembly(AssemblyName assemblyName, Assembly runtimeAssembly)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Design.VsTargetFrameworkUniverse.GetTypeFromTargetLocation(Type type, Boolean validateBase)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Design.VsTargetFrameworkUniverse.GetType(Type type)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Design.VsTargetFrameworkUtil.GetCustomAttributes(Type type, Type filter, Boolean inherit, CustomAttributesCache cache)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Design.VsTargetFrameworkType.GetCustomAttributes(Type filter, Boolean inherit)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Design.VsTargetFrameworkAttributeCollection.GetAttributes(Type type, Type filter)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Design.VsTargetFrameworkAttributeCollection.GetAttributes(MemberInfo member, Type filter)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Design.VsTargetFrameworkAttributeCollection.get_Attributes()
at System.ComponentModel.AttributeCollection.get_Count()
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Design.VSDesignSurface.EnsureExtensions(IComponent component)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Design.VSDesignSurface.CreateInstance(Type type)
at System.ComponentModel.Design.DesignerHost.System.ComponentModel.Design.IDesignerHost.CreateComponent(Type componentType, String name)
at System.ComponentModel.Design.Serialization.DesignerSerializationManager.CreateInstance(Type type, ICollection arguments, String name, Boolean addToContainer)
at System.ComponentModel.Design.Serialization.DesignerSerializationManager.System.ComponentModel.Design.Serialization.IDesignerSerializationManager.CreateInstance(Type type, ICollection arguments, String name, Boolean addToContainer)
at System.ComponentModel.Design.Serialization.TypeCodeDomSerializer.Deserialize(IDesignerSerializationManager manager, CodeTypeDeclaration declaration)
at System.ComponentModel.Design.Serialization.CodeDomDesignerLoader.PerformLoad(IDesignerSerializationManager manager)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Design.Serialization.CodeDom.VSCodeDomDesignerLoader.PerformLoad(IDesignerSerializationManager serializationManager)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Design.Serialization.CodeDom.VSCodeDomDesignerLoader.DeferredLoadHandler.Microsoft.VisualStudio.TextManager.Interop.IVsTextBufferDataEvents.OnLoadCompleted(Int32 fReload)

A similar bug was reported on the Connect Web site relating to folders containing ampersands in the name.  However, I have changed the default folder in VB 2010 so it does not contain an ampersand, but the issue remains.  I am running Windows 7 Home Premium.  The VS version is 10.0.21006.1.

Hello grateful as I can help, I have the following problems with visual basic 2010 express I get this error:

Error 1311. no source file is C: \ Program Files \ Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0 \ Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Express - vs_setup.cap ENU \, verify that the file exists and that access may

I can download that file as I'm missing: vs_setup.cap ENU?

it will not let me repair and reinstall, or uninstall either. And therefore when I try to create a new project in VB I get the: new project / item dialog could not be due to an initialization error, exception type, microsoft.visual studio. dialog boxes. exception dialog initialization, was released.

my pc has windows vista starter, 1.00 GB of memory and the Intel (R) Core (TM) Duo CPU GHz T5550@1.83

Waiting for your prompt response ...


Hi all.


I've just installed VB express 2010 from the full install ISO package.  I initially set the Help to use local files, but the default location doesn't exist, and although the tray icon says the library has started, I get Connection Refused.  To make matters worse, I can't find where to change it back to web help, so now I'm stuck as a newbie coder w/no help!  Please help me find some help :)



Sorry if I am repeating a question. I did search the forums for a solution. I'm using windows Vista 64-bit.  When I create a new project and I choose Win32 Console Application and I give it a name then click on okay I get the following open up in a new window:

Navigation to the web page was canceled.

What you can try:

Retype the address.

I also have visual Basic 2010 and visual c# express installed as well and neither has an issue opening up an console application. I have uninstalled and re-installed Visual C++ 2010 and this still happens.

I also tried to do a new Win32 project and I get the same thing as above.

Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas or solutions for this?





About 5 days ago I downloaded SQL Server 2008 R2 Express. I had some trouble and eventually ended up removing both SQL Server 2008 and SQL 2008 R2 Express and then reinstalling R2 Express. After doing so I couldn’t get Visual Basic 2010 Express to recognize my on-computer databases used with my applications. I get the error message "Failed to generate a user instance of SQL Server due to a failure in starting the process for the user instance. The connection will be closed." It worked before I downloaded R2 Express.

I can use R2 Express including Management Studio and make new databases, I can access my computer-based databases, but I don’t know how to get Visual Basic 2010 to work with it. I’m retired and use Microsoft’s Visual Basic 2010 Express, SQL Server 2008 R2 Express and Web Developer 2010 Express for my personal enjoyment. I have a personal website but don’t use a database with it, so I only use the server as a local-host for my Basic applications or projects; what do I need to do to use it as such?


I having trouble opening my files in Visual Studio 2005 Professional Visual Basic and C++. In Visual Basic 2005 When I try to gain access to my files in the properties windows Forms would had appeared. I also I trying to Get into to C++ program when I try to get into the form I get an error message. I would like to know I to gain access to my files. In Visual Basic Professional 2005 I got no error messages. Please email at jhowland5625@comcast.net as soon as possible. Thank You

Sincerely Yours,

James Delorn Howland Jr.



I've created a Help File - file extension .chm and I want to add it to a Visual Basic form.

I can't find a tutorial on how to do that.

Anyone know where I can get one?



I have installed Visual Studio 2008 Express Edition and have made sure SP1 was installed before hand.

I am try to complete the Visual Basic Training exercise module1 and everything is fine until I try to add a data connection to the NORTHWIND.SDF database file.

I get an error message saying '....Access to database file is not allowed...' 

However I can clearly 'see' and the file and it's path when using the Browse funtion from the 'ADD Connection' window.

I've uninstalled and reinstalled the Visual Basic 2008 Express edition but this does not help.

I've also uninstalled and reinstalled the SQL Server 2008 and this does not help either.

Has anyone else had the same problem or know what I need to do to fix this?







I've create new DLL project in Visual 2010.

The main its in the main.cpp file.

I have also created new header file called: 'functions.h'.

When I want to include it to main.cpp file I have got error

 fatal error C1083: Cannot open include file: 'functions.h': No such file or directory

Its total idiotic for me. I've tried to delete it than adding again. Its the same.


I've never used Visual 2010 before, just ported all old projects from Visual 2005.

Why its so dumb? Or maybe I am too dumb? Please help me... Thanks


Hello all,

I am a begie in tfs..i have integrated a project in TFS 2010...the projects works properly in my machine but when my colleagues try to open the .sln file of same project their Visual Studio 2010 stops working..whereas i have set all permission levels and workspace properly...not getting what i missing ??? 

When I started to install the Visual Web Developer 2010 I came across an error that says that my computer installed the second beta version of the software Visual Basic and Visual C + + but after searching the Control Panel, My Computer and the RegEdit versions were not previously installed beta 2. I downloaded the Windows Install Cleanup and removed the software from there, but even after re-boot my computer unable to install having the same error ...

Who can help me Llosiar the beta versions of Visual Basic 2010?

Thanks in advance,


I have Visual C++ 2010 Express Beta 2 and Visual C# 2010 Express Beta 2. And now I want to try out Visual Studio 2010 Express for Phone.

I got an error that I have some incompatible products on my PC and thees are actually Visual C++ 2010 Express Beta 2, Visual C# 2010 Express Beta 2 and some stuff installed with them.

Can I somehow run Visual Studio 2010 Express for Phone with some other Visual Studio 2010 Express.


I'm, following the tutorial on creating your first program in Visual basic.  I'm instructed to start a new project, and select windows form application.  When I hit okay I get the following error:

"Could not load file or assembly 'Microsoft.Build.Engine, Version, culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a' or one of its dependencies.  The system cannot find the file specified."

Please help?????



Hey all,


When I had a new Idea, and want to start, Visual basic doesn't startup! I deïnstalled it, reïnstalled etc, but it has no effect. Does any body now how I can fix this problem?


And, where are the Log files?


Fast help please!!!!





Please don't look to my poor English



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