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Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone not loading


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#1 Ryan 3000

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 11:09 AM

I'm trying to run Visual Studio 2010 so I can do some programming for the Windows Phone and XNA 4.0, but I haven't opened up Visual Studio 2010 for a few months now (been using 2008 and XNA 3.0). Upon clicking to open, I get the little splash screen that says it's loading and it's licensed software yadda yadda. Then, the main window opens just long enough for me to see it, then it fades away (in Windows 7 aero style, as though I clicked to close the program). It has no presence on my taskbar or in my um... corner stuff next to the clock. But it does show in Task Manager as VCSExpress.exe

I'm not sure what the issue is, but I'm running it as administrator and I've tried to open all of the binaries available in the Program Files folder, without success. I don't think I've made any hardware or software changes that would affect this running.
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Posted 24 July 2011 - 11:40 AM

Have you checked your Windows' events log for any clues?

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 11:51 AM

Running the program doesn't cue any events, as far as I can see. I've never used this Event Viewer before... I kinda just picked it up when you mentioned it now, but I looked in the "Application" events and nothing was cued around the times I tried to run it (although I do now realize that I get a lot of errors... :blink: )

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 07:09 AM

But it does show in Task Manager as VCSExpress.exe


I don't know what causes this behavior, but I would try the following: start Sysinternal's Process Explorer, select the VCSExpress.exe process, right-click and select Window / Maximize.

If Window is grayed-out, it means that the application as no window. Which is abnormal for VS.

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 06:47 PM

Oh my... I seem to have completely forgotten about this topic for the past 2 days. I am ashamed. :o

Process Explorer worked just fine, Didier! Thanks for the suggestion. Strangely enough I've had Process Explorer in my thumbdrive's Admin Tools folder for almost a year, and never had a reason to use it. Now I know! (VCS still opens in 'invisible' form, but hey, it ain't broke enough for me to go to all the trouble to fix it further.)
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