FIX: Visual Studio 2010 does not build some Visual C++ projects or does not display the "Properties" page correctly when the "_BuildArch" or "_BuildType" environment variable is set on the computer

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SYMPTOMS

When you try to start Visual Studio 2010, one of the following issues occurs if the _BuildArch or _BuildType environment variable is set:
  • Visual Studio 2010 does not build some Visual C++ projects.
  • The Properties page of a Visual C++ project does not appear, or some properties for the project do not work correctly on the Properties page.

CAUSE

This issue occurs because of an error in Visual Studio 2010.

RESOLUTION

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problem that this article describes. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

To resolve this problem, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must have Visual Studio 2010 installed.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace other hotfixes.

File information

The global version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it 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
Microsoft.visualstudio.project.contracts.implementation.dll10.0.30319.3464 58,67206-Aug-201004:41x86

STATUS

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

WORKAROUND

To work around this issue, unset the _BuildArch and _BuildType environment variables before you start Visual Studio 2010.

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Article ID: 2295689 - Last Review: September 16, 2010 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
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