FIX: "Unspecified Error" Message When You Set a Breakpoint in the IDE

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If you click in the left pane in the IDE to set a breakpoint, you may receive the following error message:
Unspecified Error
This problem may occur when you use the Microsoft Visual Studio Automation model to automate launching Microsoft Visual Studio .NET from another process.
A supported fix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that this article describes. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

To resolve this problem, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the fix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site: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.

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) 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 tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version      Size     File name   -----------------------------------------------------   26-Aug-2003  09:36  7.10.3238.0  692,224  Vsdebug.dll      				

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

Article ID: 827695 - Last Review: 02/27/2014 21:19:55 - Revision: 1.6

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