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  • Question

  •  

    I create WPf application, but i can not see the xaml designer, that means only xaml code exists, no interface.

     

    The application can run and display xaml page

     

    when I try to view the xaml designer, the error messeage is:

     

    There is no editor available for "~~~/××.xaml" . Make sure the application for file type(.xaml) is installed.

     

     

    I have try many times to install framework 3.5, vs2008 express edition, vs2008 beta2 professional, vs2008 trial edition, but still no work

     

    please:

     

       how to install xaml editor? or how to install application for .xaml? or what should i install?

     

     

    Thanks

    Friday, January 11, 2008 8:30 AM

Answers

  • Thanks for the kind words about the new designer - coming from someone experiencing trouble like this that's high praise indeed!

     

    Our next suggested path is to see if you can get the WPF designer back by quitting Visual Studio then running “devenv /resetskippkgs” in case you had package load failures in the past which you may have suppressed. Then check if the WPF designer shows up again in the list of available designers.

     

    Mark

    Monday, January 14, 2008 10:20 PM

All replies


  • Hi there,

    I have the same issue.... I uninstalled VS and re installed it yet nothing works...... The funny thing is that this was working on my machine Sad

    I am desperate

    Regards
    Friday, January 11, 2008 8:10 PM
  • I moved this thread from WPF forum to Cide forum for better answers.

    Thanks
    Monday, January 14, 2008 8:29 AM
  • Hi

     

    Sorry to hear you're encountering difficulties with your Visual Studio 2008 WPF designer installation.

     

    Can I ask you to check out a couple of things for me to help us diagnose the issue:

     

    1. Attempt to create a new WPF solution (use File...New...C# or VB...WPF Application).

    2. If that works and opens in the solution explorer, go to the Window1.xaml file and right click, selecting Open With

    3. Take a note of the program set as default, and the others listed in the resulting dialog - if one of them is Windows Presentation Foundation Designer, select it and make it the default using the "Set as Default" button on the dialog

    4. If the WPF designer was able to be set as default, close and reopen your project then try opening a XAML file.

     

    Please let us know how you get on with this, and what the default and list of available editors was in step 3 assuming you don't get to step 4.

     

    Can I also ask if those of you seeing this issue previously had beta/pre-release versions of Visual Studio 2008, Acropolis, or other CTPs installed?

     

    Thanks

     

    Mark

    Monday, January 14, 2008 9:34 PM
  • Hi there,

    I had the Beta and also Acropolis installed on my machine yet I uninstalled both from my machine before installing the new VS 2008...

    My VS was working fine (and let me tell you, you guys did a brilliant job in the new WPF Designer... I love it) yet no it seems that my WPF designer is dead....

    I already tried the open with yet WPF designer is not in the list.... Sad

    Is there some registry key or something that I should clean up before trying to install VS once again?

    Monday, January 14, 2008 9:39 PM
  • Thanks for the kind words about the new designer - coming from someone experiencing trouble like this that's high praise indeed!

     

    Our next suggested path is to see if you can get the WPF designer back by quitting Visual Studio then running “devenv /resetskippkgs” in case you had package load failures in the past which you may have suppressed. Then check if the WPF designer shows up again in the list of available designers.

     

    Mark

    Monday, January 14, 2008 10:20 PM
  • That did the trick for me.  I had Acropolis and Beta installed too and was struggling with the problem since I installed the release version.
    Friday, January 25, 2008 10:23 PM
  • Hi Marlon Grech!

     

    Last week had the same problem.

     

    You can start your VS with "resetskippkgs' key ('devenv /resetskippkgs'). It'll erase all VS settings and packeges settings. Than everything will be ok.

    Thursday, February 28, 2008 7:45 AM
  • Hi Mark

    Thanks for the hint. I was facing the same issue with VS2008 Express.... finally "VCSExpress /resetskippkgs" (for VS2008 Express C#)did the trick

    Monday, July 7, 2008 8:06 PM
  • Vishal Rana said:

    Hi Mark

    Thanks for the hint. I was facing the same issue with VS2008 Express.... finally "VCSExpress /resetskippkgs" (for VS2008 Express C#)did the trick



    Hi all,

    I have the same problem. After I install Visual C# 2008 Express SP1 (noted that I dont have VC# Express installed initially), my Visual Basic 2008 Express has this problem (No editor problem). Even after I intalled VB 2008 Express SP1 over it, the same problem remains.

    So, How to use the key "VBExpress/resetskippkgs"? Is this key right? where to apply it?
    Thanks.
    Monday, August 25, 2008 5:28 AM
  • "VBExpress /resetskippkgs" should work.... make sure you enter the space before slash (/)..
    Monday, August 25, 2008 1:17 PM
  • It's not a key - it's the executable and an argument:

    VBExpress.exe /resetskippkgs
    Marco Goertz \ Sr. Dev Lead \ WPF Designer "Cider" \ Microsoft
    Monday, August 25, 2008 2:54 PM
  •  Hi Mark

    Thanks for the hint. I was facing the same issue with VS2008 Express.... finally "VCSExpress /resetskippkgs" (for VS2008 Express C#) worked
    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 5:32 AM


  • Hi.. Jicky here..
    m facing tht same problem on my pC..

    I have installed VS 2008 ... i have tried the command

    Devenv /ResetSkipPkgs
    after this, i can see the option Windows Presentation Foundation Designer for opening .xaml file...I have set as default,
    but still i cannot see the design view of window.The Visual Studio gets crashed down, and its gets restarted again..
    Can u plz tel me , wat cane be the problem ??

    Thanks in davance

    Jicky.
    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 9:49 AM
  •  Let me ask you a few questions about your system configuration:
    • Do you have any pre-release versions of VS or .NET installed (Beta versions or SL Tools)?
    • What is the version of VS (see About Box)?
    • What is the file version of PresentationFramework in the GAC (right click on the assembly in the GAC view under C:\Windows\assemblies, select Properties and look at the Version tab).
    • What OS and Service Pack level are you running this on?

    Marco Goertz \ Sr. Dev Lead \ WPF Designer "Cider" \ Microsoft
    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 6:29 PM
  • Hi Marco..

    1. I have VS 2005 and VS 2008 profession Edition installed on machine.
    2. Silverlight 1.0 and 2.0 have previously was on my machine before installing VS 2008.
    3. I have also installed Silverlight 2.0 tools for VS 2008.
    4. I m using VS 2008 version 9  .
    5. I am using Windows XP SP 2 edition..


    I removed all silverlight versions, then again tried .. But it didnt work for me ..:(
     When i switched to Window1.xaml Desgin View in Studio its shows only Loading......

    But , after some time, studio gets closed automatically.
    Can u plz tel me wat th problem ?



    Thanks in Advance

    Jicky
    Wednesday, August 27, 2008 10:42 AM
  • Thanks Jicky. However, I would still need the exact version numbers of Visual Studio 2008 as found in the About Box (e.g. "9.0.30729.1" if you have SP1 installed) and of WPF's PresentationFramework assembly (use Windows Explorer to navigate to "C:\Windows\assembly", right click on PresentationFramework, select Properties and then the Version tab). Also, are you able to build and run WPF applications from VS?

    BTW, if you haven't upgraded to VS 2008 SP1 yet, I would suggest you do so from here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=47&p=1&SrcDisplayLang=en&SrcCategoryId=&SrcFamilyId=50a9ec01-267b-4521-b7d7-c0dba8866434&u=details.aspx%3ffamilyid%3dFBEE1648-7106-44A7-9649-6D9F6D58056E%26displaylang%3den

    SL Tools compatible with SP1 can be found here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=50A9EC01-267B-4521-B7D7-C0DBA8866434&displaylang=en
    Marco Goertz \ Sr. Dev Lead \ WPF Designer "Cider" \ Microsoft
    • Proposed as answer by simbg Friday, February 6, 2009 7:12 AM
    Wednesday, August 27, 2008 3:50 PM
  • I have upgraded to VS 2008 SP1 and still see this issue. Infact I have having this problem after upgrading to SP1. Any other solutions?
    Friday, October 3, 2008 9:18 PM
  • run where?  in command prompt?
    Tuesday, October 21, 2008 9:54 PM
  • Mark Wilson-Thomas said:

    Our next suggested path is to see if you can get the WPF designer back by quitting Visual Studio then running “devenv /resetskippkgs” in case you had package load failures in the past which you may have suppressed. Then check if the WPF designer shows up again in the list of available designers.

     

    Mark

    Run where? Command prompt?

    Tuesday, October 21, 2008 9:55 PM
  • You need to run that command from the Visual Studio Command Prompt (Run as Administrator on Vista), which you can find in the start menu under Microsoft Visual Studio 2008->Visual Studio Tools.


    Marco Goertz \ Sr. Dev Lead \ WPF Designer "Cider" \ Microsoft
    Friday, October 24, 2008 10:29 PM
  •  I ran "devenv /resetskippkgs" by opening start run and typed it in there (in XP Pro), and it worked great...Thanks for tip!!!!
    • Edited by Jona_C Tuesday, November 4, 2008 12:48 AM
    Tuesday, November 4, 2008 12:47 AM
  • I tried devenv /resetskippkgs. Earlier the Design view was giving Load exception, but now its blank. Also the toolbox does not load anything. The VS 2880 version I have is 9.0.30729.1 SP
    • Edited by EternalCoder Wednesday, November 5, 2008 3:18 AM
    Wednesday, November 5, 2008 3:16 AM
  • This is the error message I get in my xaml designer view:

    The system cannot find the file specified. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070002)

    at MS.Internal.Package.VSIsolationProviderService.RemoteReferenceProxy.InitApplicationAssembly(AssemblyName applicationAssembly) at MS.Internal.Package.VSIsolationProviderService.RemoteReferenceProxy.InitApplicationAssembly(AssemblyName applicationAssembly) at MS.Internal.Package.VSIsolationProviderService.CreateIsolationProvider(String identity, AssemblyReferenceProvider assemblyReferences, IEnumerable`1 assemblyFolders) at MS.Internal.Providers.VSDesignerContext.GetIsolationProvider(IServiceProvider provider, IVsHierarchy hierarchy, AssemblyReferenceProvider assemblyReferences) at MS.Internal.Providers.VSDesignerContext.Initialize(IServiceProvider provider, IVsHierarchy hierarchy, UInt32 itemid, Object docDataObj) at MS.Internal.Providers.VSDesignerContext..ctor(IServiceProvider provider, IVsWindowFrame frame, Object docDataObj) at MS.Internal.Providers.VSDesignerContext.GetContext(IServiceProvider services, IVsWindowFrame frame, Boolean createIfNotExist) at MS.Internal.Designer.DesignerPane.InitializeDesigner()

    Saturday, November 8, 2008 1:02 AM
  • Strange, strange... Yesterday I found by accident, that my Intellisense support has gone for XAML (detected this with SilverLight 2). First I followed the instructions given here http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/windowssdk/thread/82472239-a3c3-4aee-af25-0275d592a509/, but the registry was valid and manually registering the TextMgrP.DLL didn't help either. I also did not have installed the mentioned Windows SDK.

    So I tried to repair my VS 2008 installation to no avail. I reinstalled SP1 to no avail. Then I found a link to this thread in the a.m. forum, and finally "devenv /resetskippkgs" did the trick for me.  Both - Intellisense and the designer - are back on duty!

    I'm baffled about the power of this black magic command and probably somebody is able to explain, what happened. Additionally I compared the settings, exported right before I started my rescue operations, with the current settings. No diffs, at least not there, where I would expect some...

    Here is my configuration

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
    Version 9.0.30729.1 SP
    Microsoft .NET Framework
    Version 3.5 SP1

    Installed Edition: Professional

    Microsoft Silverlight Projects 2008   91605-270-0505281-60642
    Microsoft Silverlight Projects 2008
    Version 9.0.30729.146

    Microsoft Visual Basic 2008   91605-270-0505281-60642
    Microsoft Visual Basic 2008

    Microsoft Visual C# 2008   91605-270-0505281-60642
    Microsoft Visual C# 2008

    Microsoft Visual C++ 2008   91605-270-0505281-60642
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2008

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Tools for Office   91605-270-0505281-60642
    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Tools for Office

    Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008   91605-270-0505281-60642
    Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008

    Crystal Reports    AAJ60-G0MSA4K-68000CF
    Crystal Reports Basic for Visual Studio 2008


    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB944899)   KB944899
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/944899.

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB945282)   KB945282
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/945282.

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB946040)   KB946040
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946040.

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB946308)   KB946308
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946308.

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB946344)   KB946344
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946344.

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB946581)   KB946581
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946581.

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB947171)   KB947171
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947171.

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB947173)   KB947173
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947173.

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB947180)   KB947180
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947180.

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB947540)   KB947540
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947540.

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB947789)   KB947789
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947789.

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB948127)   KB948127
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948127.

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB953256)   KB953256
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953256.

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU Service Pack 1 (KB945140)   KB945140
    This service pack is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this service pack will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/945140.

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU Service Pack 1 (KB947888)   KB947888
    This service pack is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this service pack will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947888.

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU Service Pack 1 (KB948484)   KB948484
    This service pack is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this service pack will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948484.

    Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB956453)   KB956453
    This update is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this update will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956453.

    VLinq query editor   1.0
    Editor allowing to create / modify Linq queries

    GhostDoc for Visual Studio 2008
    For more information about GhostDoc, see the GhostDoc website
    at http://www.roland-weigelt.de/ghostdoc
    Copyright © 2003-2008 Roland Weigelt.


    neil
    Tuesday, December 16, 2008 2:30 PM
  • Marco Goertz - MSFT said:

    Thanks Jicky. However, I would still need the exact version numbers of Visual Studio 2008 as found in the About Box (e.g. "9.0.30729.1" if you have SP1 installed) and of WPF's PresentationFramework assembly (use Windows Explorer to navigate to "C:\Windows\assembly", right click on PresentationFramework, select Properties and then the Version tab). Also, are you able to build and run WPF applications from VS?

    BTW, if you haven't upgraded to VS 2008 SP1 yet, I would suggest you do so from here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=47&p=1&SrcDisplayLang=en&SrcCategoryId=&SrcFamilyId=50a9ec01-267b-4521-b7d7-c0dba8866434&u=details.aspx?familyid%3dFBEE1648-7106-44A7-9649-6D9F6D58056E%26displaylang%3den

    SL Tools compatible with SP1 can be found here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=50A9EC01-267B-4521-B7D7-C0DBA8866434&displaylang=en


    Marco Goertz \ Sr. Dev Lead \ WPF Designer "Cider" \ Microsoft



    After installing SP1, the problem is resolved, cheers!
    Friday, February 6, 2009 7:13 AM
  • Hi Guys,

    I recently installed VS2008 and had this problem myself.  In fact I nearly uninstalled it completely and switched to another product (Borland) in disgust.  I tried everything but to no avail.  Then I went to the VS command prompt and typed: devenv /resetskippkgs and presto i had a WPF design screen.  Thanks for the help everyone - VS2008 is a wonderful tool now I have full functionality. :)

    Nigel.
    Nigel..
    Friday, February 6, 2009 6:26 PM
  •  
    Hi..

    I am also having this problem with the WPF XAML Designer 

        "  when I try to view the xaml designer, the error messeage is:

    " There is no editor available for "~~~/××.xaml" . Make sure the application for file type(.xaml) is installed ".

     

    I tried running devenv /resetskippks but it still does not work.  The version I am having problems with is the trial version of VS 2008 Pro I downloaded from the Microsoft website.  Before I tried to install it, I had already installed the Express versions of both Visual Basic 2008 and Visual C# 2008.  The editor seems to come up with no problems in the Express versions but gives the error and does not come up in the Pro version.  Is there something else I need to do to fix the problem?  Should I try uninstalling the Express versions then reinstalling the Pro version?  Version information on what I currently have installed is listed below.  Any help I can get is greatly appreciated!

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Version 9.0.30729.1 SP

    Microsoft .NET Framework Version 3.5 SP1

    file version of PresentationFramework in the GAC - 3.0.6920.1500

    Installed Edition: Professional

    Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 91605-031-5000002-60485

    Microsoft Visual C# 2008 91605-031-5000002-60485

    Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 91605-031-5000002-60485

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Tools for Office 91605-031-5000002-60485

    Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 91605-031-5000002-60485

    Crystal Reports AAJ60-G0MSA4K-68000CF

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB944899) KB944899

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB945282) KB945282

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB946040) KB946040

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB946308) KB946308

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB946344) KB946344

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB946581) KB946581

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB947171) KB947171

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB947173) KB947173

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB947180) KB947180

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB947540) KB947540

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB947789) KB947789

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB948127) KB948127

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB952241) KB952241

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB953256) KB953256

    Windows Vista Home Premium w/Service Pack 1

    Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition w/Service Pack 1

    Visual C# 2008 Express Edition w/Service Pack 1



    Monday, February 9, 2009 4:34 AM
  •  I am experienceing the same problem of no design view for XAML on Visual Studio 2008 Pro SP1. 

    The Machine is only 2 weks old with Vista ( all updates loaded), and the only other dev tool loaded (prio to Visual Studio 2008 Pro) was Visual Express 2008 C#

    I have run “devenv /resetskippkgs”  and now the error reads

    Package Load failure

    Package 'Microsoft.VisualStudio.Xaml' has failed to load properly ............ etc


    However the design view still comes up in the Express edition.

    Any ideas please as I am stumped.

    Thanks

    Dave


    Installation details below


    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
    Version 9.0.30729.1 SP
    Microsoft .NET Framework
    Version 3.5 SP1

    Installed Edition: Professional

    Microsoft Visual Basic 2008   91605-141-0286507-60491
    Microsoft Visual Basic 2008

    Microsoft Visual C# 2008   91605-141-0286507-60491
    Microsoft Visual C# 2008

    Microsoft Visual C++ 2008   91605-141-0286507-60491
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2008

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Tools for Office   91605-141-0286507-60491
    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Tools for Office

    Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008   91605-141-0286507-60491
    Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008

    Crystal Reports    AAJ60-G0MSA4K-68000CF
    Crystal Reports Basic for Visual Studio 2008




    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
    Version 9.0.30729.1 SP
    Microsoft .NET Framework
    Version 3.5 SP1

    Installed Edition: C# Express

    Microsoft Visual C# 2008   91910-152-0000061-60139
    Microsoft Visual C# 2008

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Express Edition with SP1 - ENU (KB945282)   KB945282
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Express Edition with SP1 - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/945282.

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Express Edition with SP1 - ENU (KB946040)   KB946040
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Express Edition with SP1 - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946040.

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Express Edition with SP1 - ENU (KB946308)   KB946308
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Express Edition with SP1 - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946308.

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Express Edition with SP1 - ENU (KB947540)   KB947540
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Express Edition with SP1 - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947540.

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Express Edition with SP1 - ENU (KB947789)   KB947789
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Express Edition with SP1 - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947789.

    • Proposed as answer by Spirinus Saturday, May 9, 2009 7:07 AM
    Sunday, March 22, 2009 8:12 PM
  • I've faced with the same problem after updating to VS 2008 SP1.

    In my case devenv /resetskippkgs works well and I've got XAML designer.

    Thanks for info.

    Saturday, May 9, 2009 7:11 AM
  • After a NEW installation of visual basic express 2008 sp1 I'm running into the same problem. Your suggested solution works fine for me. Now I can load and see the designer view in my environment. Thanks.

    Remark: I had to run the shell in administrator mode to get a success.
    Sunday, May 10, 2009 1:00 PM
  • Hi-- "devenv /resetskippkgs" worked for me, after a complete uninstall-reinstall had failed me.
    Sunday, June 14, 2009 12:59 AM
  • I'm seeing something very similar.  I don't get any errors, in fact the WPF designer pane is still "there":

    • I can drag controls, etc, from the Toolbox, and they show up in the XAML pane
    • If I carefully move my mouse pointer around the pane, I can find the window edge (the cursor turns into a frame dragger), and resize the window.  This also is reflected in the XAML.

    However, the WPF pane just doesn't seem to get painted.  It starts off empty (after the "loading" message), but any windows, menus, etc that overlap that space don't get erased.

    Note the following:

    • I can run my WPF application just fine, and sometimes after running, the WPF design pane will refresh -- once.  After that, it's back to a static view.
    • This was working about a week ago, before I installed .Net 3.5 SP1 and VS2008SP1.
    • devenv /resetskippkgs didn't help.
    • "Open With" shows Windows Presentation Foundation Designer as the default editor
    • Running on XP Pro SP3
    • PresentationFramework in the GAC shows version 3.0.6920.1500

    My About info:

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
    Version 9.0.30729.1 SP
    Microsoft .NET Framework
    Version 3.5 SP1

    Installed Edition: Enterprise

    Microsoft Silverlight Projects 2008   91899-270-2285013-60467
    Microsoft Silverlight Projects 2008
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    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Shell (integrated mode) - ENU (KB945282)   KB945282
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    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Shell (integrated mode) - ENU (KB946344)   KB946344
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    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Shell (integrated mode) - ENU (KB946581)   KB946581
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    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Shell (integrated mode) - ENU (KB947173)   KB947173
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    Wednesday, July 8, 2009 10:41 PM
  • Without uninstalling anything, I reinstalled ("repaired") .Net 3.5 SP1, and VS2008 SP1.  Still no designer.

    Then I ran devenv /resetskippkgs again, and I at least got to view my window design when I loaded the project (an improvement).  But other than that, the symptoms were essentially the same: the designer pane won't refresh.  I'm looking at a context menu that I popped up on top of the pane, which is logically "gone", but is still visible because the pane didn't repaint the invalidated region.  The behavior is basically the same as in an old Win32 app that isn't processing its message loop.

    - Erik J Sawyer

    Thursday, July 9, 2009 4:05 PM
  • Hey, Ihave the same problem.  Don't know exactly since when but must be since the roll out of SL3.  I have VS2008 Pro SP1,  SL3 Tools for VS2008 SP1 and Expression 3 installed.  Does anyone have a clue?  Thx. 
    Monday, July 13, 2009 8:24 PM
  • Just found one more probem, there is no option for me to toggle the solution from VS2008 to Expression Blend 3.
    Monday, July 13, 2009 8:35 PM
  • Stupid me, it's there.  It's just because the XAML code pane is maximized.
    • Edited by DeepZone Tuesday, July 14, 2009 1:09 AM
    Monday, July 13, 2009 10:53 PM
  • I created another thread for unable to toggle a solution from VS2008 to Expression Blend.  Also with regards to the issue of designer view not shown, I found that everytime I open an xaml file, VS2008 render xaml code in a maxmized pane.  Therefore it misleads me that designer view is not shown and I need to drag the split line to make it appear.
    Tuesday, July 14, 2009 12:55 AM
  • Okay, this is just weird.  I was just able to "kick" the designer into working -- really working, with design editing showing up in the XAML and vice-versa -- by some combination of the Rebuild Project command.  I'm not sure what the exact combination was, but I got it to work on two different projects (one brand-new, and one that I had problems with previously).

    Based on what I'm seeing, the Rebuild command basically "restarts" the design pane.  Like I mentioned earlier, when this problem manifests, anything that overlaps that pane gets left behind and never cleaned up.  When I do a Rebuild, the pane is cleared and I see the "Loading...ESC to cancel" prompt.  In some cases, this prompt will go away after a moment and the designer is fully operational.

    Hopefully this will help someone else, and/or give the Visual Studio guys a clue to the nature of this bug...

    - Erik
    Monday, July 20, 2009 10:02 PM
  • I installed Expression Studio 2, thinking that I would just use Blend for XAML editing. Blend works great (I'm still learning how it's different from the VS XAML editor), but an interesting side effect is that the VS editor seems to be a bit more reliable.  It's still somewhat flaky, but a lot better than it was.

    - Erik J Sawyer
    Tuesday, July 21, 2009 3:02 PM
  • thanks Bogdan Grinko
    its worked for me when I used devenv/resetskippkgs comman on vs 2008 command prompt
    Tuesday, October 6, 2009 5:24 AM
  • That turned the color back on, but still no intellisense.

    Thank You

    Tuesday, October 13, 2009 6:57 AM
  • Thank you very much, your advice helped me a lot.
    Friday, December 11, 2009 8:00 PM
  • Mark you are fab!!!!!!!! i've just started to learn VB.  I started my first WPF application.  Everything was fine until i installed vb 2010 beta.  i then proceeded with my lesson but half of the screen was missing.  I found this page and used your devenv /resetskippkgs and WAM its all working again.  Its people like you that take the time and trouble to help us Learner plates out that keep me going.  Thanx guy!!

    Steve Brown
    Friday, January 22, 2010 7:12 PM
  • thank you mark.
    Saturday, January 23, 2010 5:12 AM
  • Thank you for this, it worked perfect for me. (2008 pro x64 on vista)
    run the command on visual studios command prompt of course.
    Monday, February 1, 2010 8:10 PM
  • Hello,

    I`m having the same problem. Everything was fine on my machine, but after I reinstalled my VS2008, it cannot find WPF designer. Running VS with resetskippkgs doesnt help at all. I`m having this problem even when I try to create brand new WPF project. Any ideas how to solve it?

    Thank you for help in advance
    MCP
    Sunday, February 7, 2010 7:51 PM
  • Thank you and Mark so much, i was having the same problem but its fixed now.
    Sunday, February 14, 2010 1:07 AM
  • you are the best.... the "devenv /resetskippkgs" trick solved this problem for me.
    Costas Bakopanos
    Saturday, March 6, 2010 2:04 PM
  •  

    Your suggestion solved my problem.

    Thanks,

    Abhishek

    Thursday, April 8, 2010 10:04 AM
  • It worked for me, too! (after much frustration...). I wish I had read this thread sooner.

     

    Thanks, Mark!

    Saturday, October 16, 2010 5:07 PM
  • Thanks Mark. That helped !!! 
    Saturday, March 26, 2011 4:31 AM