FIX: Error message when you build a Visual Studio 2010 setup project: "Unable to update the dependencies of the project"

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SYMPTOMS

You create a Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 setup project (.vdproj) that references valid third-party assemblies as dependencies. However, when you use the devenv.com command to build the project, you receive the following error message:

ERROR: Unable to update the dependencies of the project. The dependencies for the object ‘assembly_name’ cannot be determined."

Note You do not encounter the problem when you use earlier versions of Visual Studio.

CAUSE

This problem occurs because the Visual Studio 2010 has changed how dependency refreshment operates.

RESOLUTION

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support

Download Information

To download this hotfix from the MSDN Code Gallery, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/KB2286556
Note The MSDN Code Gallery displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language listed, it is because the Code Gallery resource page is not available for that language.

Additionally, you can download this hotfix rollup from the following Microsoft Connect website:
http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=30681

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for installing this hotfix package.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you install the hotfix if the affected files are not being used.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix package does not replace a previously released hotfix package.

File Information

The global version of this hotfix package uses a Microsoft Windows Installer package to install the hotfix package. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in the following table. When you view the file information, the date is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Dpdpl.dll10.0.30319.348902,98409-Aug-201005:41x86
Dpprj.dll10.0.30319.3481,227,59209-Aug-201005:41x86

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

Properties

Article ID: 2286556 - Last Review: October 15, 2010 - Revision: 7.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
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