FIX: You may receive an error message when you consume an assembly that has an obfuscated generic type in Visual Studio 2005

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In Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, when you consume an assembly that has an obfuscated generic type in a Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 project, you may receive an error message that resembles the following:
The Microsoft(R) Visual Basic compiler has encountered a problem and must close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Additionally, you may also be prompted to send an error report to Microsoft before Visual Studio 2005 closes, and you may receive the following error message:
Visual Basic compiler is unable to recover from the following error : System Error &Hc0000005& (Visual Basic internal complier error). Save your work and restart.
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 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 hotfix.

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.

This hotfix includes two packages. One package is for Visual Studio 2005 and one package is for the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0. You must install both packages, especially when you are creating Web projects. The two packages are zipped into one file.
Visual Studio 2005 package
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Msvb7.dll 8.0.50727.1623,137,536 01-Jun-200603:21 x86
Msvbprj.dll 8.0.50727.1622,775,55201-Jun-200603:22 x86
The .NET Framework 2.0 package
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Vbc.exe 8.0.50727.1621,153,02401-Jun-200606:56x86
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
VS 2005 assembly

Article ID: 920145 - Last Review: 01/15/2015 15:08:00 - Revision: 1.5

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