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This article describes a problem that occurs after you install Microsoft Visual Studio 6 Service Pack 6 (SP6) or Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003. Database diagrams appear to be blank when you open them. This problem occurs because incorrect .dll files are installed in Visual Studio 6 SP6 and in Visual Studio .NET 2003. You must reinstall the Visual Studio 6 SP5 version of those files to resolve the problem.
When you open a Microsoft SQL Server database diagram, the diagram appears to be blank and contains no content. However, you receive no error message.
This problem occurs after you install Visual Studio 6 SP6 or Visual Studio .NET 2003.
This problem occurs because some incorrect .dll files are included in Visual Studio 6 SP6 and in Visual Studio .NET 2003. These files include .dll files that are typically located in the following folder:
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In the File Download dialog box, click Save.
In the Save As dialog box, click Desktop in the left pane, and then click Save.
On the desktop, double-click Vs6sp5vb.exe to extract the file.
In the Open File dialog box, click Run.
Type the location where you want to save the extracted files, and then click OK. For example, type C:\Vs6sp5, and then click OK. If the folder that you specify does not exist, click Yes to create the folder.
Expand files to the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\MSDesigners98 folder. To do this, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
To change the directory to the folder where you extracted the .cab files in step 6, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
Note Replace c:\Vs6sp6 with the path that you used in step 6.
To expand the files from the .cab file to the appropriate folder, type the following command, and then press ENTER: