FIX: You receive an "ALINK error AL1022: Error reading embedded resource" error message when you try to build your project in Visual Studio .NET 2002

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When you try to build your project in Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002, you may receive an error message that is similar to the following:
ALINK: error AL1022: Error reading embedded resource 'C:\Visual Studio Projects\WindowsApplication1\obj\Debug\...' -- The system cannot find the file specified.
Note The project build is unsuccessful.
This problem occurs when the combined path of all the satellite assemblies is larger than 32,000 characters. When Visual Studio .NET 2002 invokes the Assembly Linker (Al.exe), the command-line command that is passed is truncated to the 32,000 character limit. Therefore, the path of the satellite assembly is not complete and the Assembly Linker cannot read the resource.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Only apply it to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next Visual Studio .NET 2002 service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, 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.


No prerequisites are required.

Restart requirement

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

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The hotfix version of this English 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 tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version     Size       File name   -------------------------------------------------------------------   17-Apr-2004  16:00  7.0.9777.0    917,504  Csproj.dll          17-Apr-2004  07:27  7.0.9777.0    176,128  Csprojui.dll        17-Apr-2004  15:39  7.0.9777.0    311,296  Dirprj.dll          17-Apr-2004  15:54  7.0.9777.0  1,400,832  Msvbprj.dll         17-Apr-2004  07:26  7.0.9777.0    180,224  Msvbprjui.dll       17-Apr-2004  09:16  7.0.9777.0    253,952  Visualstudioteamcore.dll     17-Apr-2004  09:14  7.0.9777.0    888,832  Vsavb7dt.dll        17-Apr-2004  09:14  7.0.9777.0    999,424  Vsavb7rt.dll        17-Apr-2004  09:14  7.0.9777.0    794,624  Vsavbproj.dll       17-Apr-2004  15:58  7.0.9777.0  2,981,888  Vsscc.dll        
To work around this problem, save your project in a shorter path. An example would be to save your Visual Studio .NET project in the C:\VSP\WinApp1 folder instead of the C:\Visual Studio Projects\WindowsApplication1 folder.

Note This workaround may only be a temporary solution. As you add more assemblies to your project, you may reach the 32,000-character limit again and you may receive the error message that is mentioned in the "Symptoms" section.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information about the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
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Article ID: 840525 - Last Review: 01/17/2015 09:29:02 - Revision: 2.1

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