"You can't import the patch ([patch name]) for the solution ([solution name]) because the solution isn't present" error occurs when importing a solution patch in Dynamics 365

Symptom

When you attempt to import a solution patch in Dynamics 365, you encounter the following error:

"You can't import the patch ([patch name]) for the solution ([solution name]) because the solution isn't present. The operation has been canceled.
Error code 80048540."

Cause

This error occurs if you are trying to import a solution patch for a solution that is not installed.

For example: Assume you have a solution named SolutionA. If there is a patch created for this solution (SolutionA_Patch1) and you try to import it into an environment that does not have SolutionA already installed, you would encounter this error. 

Resolution

Verify the solution name mentioned in the error is already installed in the environment where you are trying to import the patch. 

Using the example mentioned in the Cause section, you would need to make sure you have SolutionA installed before you can install SolutionA_Patch1. For additional information about solution patches, see Create patches to simplify solution updates.

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