The Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 IDE may randomly crash when you build a Microsoft Visual Basic .NET solution. This problem occurs if the following conditions are true:
You installed Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1.
The Visual Basic .NET solution has more than one project.
A .dll file of a project is directly referenced by another project.
Note This problem occurs more frequently when you click Rebuild Solution on the Build menu than when you click Build Solution on the Build menu.
A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only 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 Customer Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer 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 Service Pack 1 installed to apply this hotfix.
You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
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.
To work around this problem, use the whole project as the reference.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
To examine whether you have Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 installed, follow these steps:
On the Help menu, click About Microsoft Visual Studio.
Examine the Installed Products list.
For more information about software update terminology, 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 an error message that you receive when you consume an assembly that has an obfuscated generic type in Visual Studio 2005 , click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
920145 FIX: You may receive an error message when you consume an assembly that has an obfuscated generic type in Visual Studio 2005