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  • I have a project the was written by someone else. I am very new to VB. I am trying to make changes the the project. When I first opened it it went through the conversion with no errors. The report has not errors however when I try to open the project I get the error "vbproj cannot be opened because this project type (.vbproj) is not supported by this version of the application". I am using VB2008 Express and have read all the other responses to the issue but Ijust do not know waht to do. Please Help 
    Sunday, April 01, 2012 6:43 PM

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  • Hi GaryLynn,

    Welcome to the MSDN forum.

    Firstly, you need to check the version of VS when the application created and the features the application used. If the project you got was created using higher edition of Visual Studio or uses some of those advanced features. You can not open it with the VS2008 Express version. So you can try to use higher version to open the application, such as VS2008 ultimate or professional version. Or add the requirement environment to the VS2008 Express version. 

    If you have checked the version of VS and doesn’t find any issue. you can add the VS2008 Command Prompt in the Tool option in VS2008 and Type the below command and press enter.

    devenv.exe /resetskippkgs

    hope it helps.


    Mark Liu-lxf [MSFT]
    MSDN Community Support | Feedback to us

    Tuesday, April 03, 2012 4:26 AM
  • first, under Help >> About Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition, do you have Microsoft VisualBasic 2008 listed under the Installed Products?

    1. the simplest solution to try is open Control Panel in Windows >> Programs (depending on which OS you are using), scroll down to Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition with SP1. Click on that and try a Reinstall/Repair

    try opening the project

    2. if that doesn't work, in the Command or Immediate Window, type:

    >devenv /Setup (devenv.exe)

    when that is done type:

    >devenv /ResetSkipPkgs (devenv.exe)

    and finally:

    >devenv /ResetSettings (devenv.exe)

    after running all of these, close Visual Studio, then reopen it and see if yourproject will open properly


    “This forum post is my own opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion or view of Microsoft, its employees, or other MVPs.”

    Tuesday, April 03, 2012 5:31 AM

All replies

  • Hi GaryLynn,

    Welcome to the MSDN forum.

    Firstly, you need to check the version of VS when the application created and the features the application used. If the project you got was created using higher edition of Visual Studio or uses some of those advanced features. You can not open it with the VS2008 Express version. So you can try to use higher version to open the application, such as VS2008 ultimate or professional version. Or add the requirement environment to the VS2008 Express version. 

    If you have checked the version of VS and doesn’t find any issue. you can add the VS2008 Command Prompt in the Tool option in VS2008 and Type the below command and press enter.

    devenv.exe /resetskippkgs

    hope it helps.


    Mark Liu-lxf [MSFT]
    MSDN Community Support | Feedback to us

    Tuesday, April 03, 2012 4:26 AM
  • first, under Help >> About Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition, do you have Microsoft VisualBasic 2008 listed under the Installed Products?

    1. the simplest solution to try is open Control Panel in Windows >> Programs (depending on which OS you are using), scroll down to Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition with SP1. Click on that and try a Reinstall/Repair

    try opening the project

    2. if that doesn't work, in the Command or Immediate Window, type:

    >devenv /Setup (devenv.exe)

    when that is done type:

    >devenv /ResetSkipPkgs (devenv.exe)

    and finally:

    >devenv /ResetSettings (devenv.exe)

    after running all of these, close Visual Studio, then reopen it and see if yourproject will open properly


    “This forum post is my own opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion or view of Microsoft, its employees, or other MVPs.”

    Tuesday, April 03, 2012 5:31 AM
  • Hi GaryLynn,

    We haven’t heard from you for several days. I’d like to mark the helpful replies as answer firstly. If you have any additional questions, you also can unmark the replay and post your question here. 

    Sorry for any inconvenience and have a nice day.


    Mark Liu-lxf [MSFT]
    MSDN Community Support | Feedback to us

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012 5:46 AM