Repairing Visual Studio .NET 2005

If you had installed Visual Studio .NET 2005 Beta1, you may run into problems using the final release (or the Beta2). More specifically, the IDE may refuse to load the “Common IDE Package” at startup, or it may be unable to show up the Windows Forms designer for instance. Some messages you may encounter may resemble this one:

Package Load Failure
Package 'Visual Studio Common IDE Package' has failed to load or properly ( GUID = {6E87CFAD-6C05-4ADF-9CD7-3B7943875B7C} ). Please contact package vendor for assistance. Application restart is recommended, due to possible environment corruption. Would you like to disable loading this package in the future? You may use 'devenv.exe /resetskippkgs' to re-enable package loading

For this category of problems, there exists the Visual Studio troubleshooting tool (gracefully provided by Aaron Stebner) which can be used to clean all the old stuff that was left on your hard drive by Beta1 release of Visual Studio and thus fully enables Visual Studio .NET 2005.
NB : this tool should also work if you encounter problems with an Express edition of Visual Studio
The tool is available for download here:

And the article accompanying it:

[Version française]


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