FIX: Not all paths that are specified in the DEVPATH environment variable will be considered by the .NET binding infrastructure (fusion) in the .NET Framework 2.0

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In the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, if you set the DEVPATH environment variable so that multiple paths are specified, not all paths that are specified will be considered by the .NET binding infrastructure (fusion).

Note Fusion uses the DEVPATH environment variable to search for assemblies in every path that is specified in the DEVPATH environment variable.
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 .NET Framework 2.0 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.


You must have the .NET Framework 2.0 installed before you apply this hotfix.

Restart requirement

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

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix 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 item in Control Panel.
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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more 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
For more information about the DEVPATH environment variable, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site:

Article ID: 915430 - Last Review: 01/17/2015 13:38:28 - Revision: 2.0

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