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GAC C:\Windows\Assembly in Vista RRS feed

  • Question

  • Before Vista, when I go to C:\Windows\Assembly, windows explorer has a shell view for the assembly folder that enables us to install/uninstall assemblies to/from GAC. In Vista, the shell seems not working. When I go to C:\Windows\Assembly, windows explorer shows the normal folder view.

    Wednesday, November 5, 2008 3:57 PM

Answers

  • Seems like your installation somehow got corrupted (working fine here), try installing the latest service packs and hope it fixes the problem.

    Wednesday, November 5, 2008 4:14 PM
  • It is a shell extension that provides the GAC view when you navigate to c:\windows\assembly with Windows Explorer.  Not having it functional actually gives you a nice peek into the gear box that make the GAC work.  Anyhoo, the shell extension is c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\shfusion.dll.  Try giving that path as the argument to Regsvr32.exe to re-register the shell extension.  If that doesn't pan out, feel free to panic about a corrupted registry, then use gacutil.exe to register assemblies.
    Hans Passant.
    • Marked as answer by ImQuestioner Friday, November 7, 2008 3:54 AM
    Wednesday, November 5, 2008 11:59 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Seems like your installation somehow got corrupted (working fine here), try installing the latest service packs and hope it fixes the problem.

    Wednesday, November 5, 2008 4:14 PM
  • It is a shell extension that provides the GAC view when you navigate to c:\windows\assembly with Windows Explorer.  Not having it functional actually gives you a nice peek into the gear box that make the GAC work.  Anyhoo, the shell extension is c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\shfusion.dll.  Try giving that path as the argument to Regsvr32.exe to re-register the shell extension.  If that doesn't pan out, feel free to panic about a corrupted registry, then use gacutil.exe to register assemblies.
    Hans Passant.
    • Marked as answer by ImQuestioner Friday, November 7, 2008 3:54 AM
    Wednesday, November 5, 2008 11:59 PM
    Moderator
  • Thank you both.
    Friday, November 7, 2008 3:54 AM