FIX: Custom build steps may not run when you add the custom build steps to a Visual C++ 2005 Win32 static library project in Visual Studio 2005

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Consider the following scenario. In Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, you create a Visual C++ 2005 Win32 static library project. You add custom build steps to the project. In this scenario, the custom build steps may not run. You can only run the custom build steps in the Visual Studio 2005 IDE as long as the project is loaded and the project settings have not changed. Additionally, you may also experience this problem after you upgrade a Win32 static library project from Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 to Visual Studio 2005.
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 2005 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 Visual Studio 2005 installed to 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.
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Article ID: 917291 - Last Review: 01/17/2015 14:02:37 - Revision: 1.1

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

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