Error message when you start SQL Server Management Studio in SQL Server 2008: "Unable to read the list of previously registered servers on this system"

Applies to: SQL Server 2008 StandardSQL Server 2008 EnterpriseSQL Server 2008 Workgroup

Symptoms


When you start SQL Server Management Studio in Microsoft SQL Server 2008, you may receive an exception error message that resembles the following:
Unable to read the list of previously registered servers on this system.
You receive this error message when you start SSMS for the first time after you upgrade from Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

Cause


This problem can occur if the Regsrver.xml file becomes corrupted during the upgrade process.

Resolution


To resolve this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Start SQL Server Management Studio.
  2. Press CTRL+ALT+G to open the Registered Servers window.
  3. Expand the Database Engine node.
  4. Right-click Local Server Groups, point to Tasks, and then click Previously Registered Servers.