"ALINK: Error AL1022: Error Reading Embedded Resource" Error Message When You Build a Project in Visual Studio .NET 2003

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When you build a project in Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 that includes many forms and controls that you can localize, the build process may not succeed and you may receive an error message that is similar to the following in the output window:
Building satellite assemblies...
Satellite build for culture 'fr' failed. Please see the output window for more detailed error information.
ALINK: error AL1022: Error reading embedded resource 'C:\Visual Studio Projects\WindowsApplication1\obj\Debug\For' -- The system cannot find the file specified.
This problem may occur if the combined path of all satellite assemblies is larger than 32,000 characters.

If the combined path of all satellite assemblies is larger than 32,000 characters, the Visual Studio .NET 2003 IDE tries to invoke the Al.exe Assembly Linker by using a truncated command line.
A supported hotfix 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 hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services telephone 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   --------------------------------------------------------   02-Oct-2003  03:37  7.10.3275.0    200,704  Cmddefui.dll   02-Oct-2003  06:44  7.10.3275.0  1,015,808  Csproj.dll   02-Oct-2003  03:37  7.10.3275.0     86,016  Msenvmui.dll   02-Oct-2003  06:38  7.10.3275.0  1,507,328  Msvbprj.dll   02-Oct-2003  03:46  7.10.3275.0  1,036,288  Vjsproj.dll
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section of this article.
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the Standard Terminology That Is Used to Describe Microsoft Software Updates

Article ID: 829970 - Last Review: 02/27/2014 18:45:03 - Revision: 1.7

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