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You may receive a "Could not find file 'Microsoft.Windows.CommonLanguageRuntime" error message when you build a solution of a Visual Basic 2005 Windows Application project in Visual Studio 2005

SYMPTOMS
When you build a solution of a Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Windows Application project in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, you may receive an error message that is similar to the following:
error MSB3113: Could not find file 'Microsoft.Windows.CommonLanguageRuntime, Version=2.0.50727.0'.
CAUSE
This problem may occur if all the following conditions are true:
  • The solution contains an application that has a reference to another application in the same solution.
  • You publish the referenced application to a UNC share or to a Web page.
WORKAROUND
To work around this problem, use a file reference instead of a project reference in the solution of the Visual Basic 2005 Windows Application project.
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
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Steps to reproduce the problem

  1. In Visual Studio 2005, create a Visual Basic Windows Application project.
  2. Add a Visual Basic console application to the project that you created in step 1.
  3. In the Visual Basic console application, add a reference to the project that you created in step 1.
  4. Build the solution.
  5. Publish the Visual Basic Windows Application project to a UNC share or to Web page.
  6. Rebuild the solution.
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Article ID: 907757 - Last Review: 12/06/2006 22:47:55 - Revision: 1.3

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Express Edition, Microsoft Visual Basic 2005

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