Warning_Could not resolve this reference. Could not locate the assembly RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I am killing the building warnings of project under vs2015 CTP5.

    There is one warning which shows that The referenced component 'Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.12.0' could not be found.

    So I delete the object in References and the warning disappear. Then I rebuild the project.

    But one new warning appear and shows:

    Could not resolve this reference. Could not locate the assembly "Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.12.0, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a, processorArchitecture=MSIL". Check to make sure the assembly exists on disk. If this reference is required by your code, you may get compilation errors.

    It's very weird. Since I have removed the reference, the vs should not go to search the Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.12.0.

    Is it a bug of CTP5?

    Or any dll depends on Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.12.0? which result vs to search that dll. 

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015 8:20 AM


  • Hi,

    This could be the problem with the installation of VS2015 CTP, you could try to repair VS. Or probably you're trying to open a VS extension project of previous VSSDK version in VS2015 CTP. This thread is talking about a similar problem, it might be helpful to you:

    How can a VS extension target multiple versions in regard to Microsoft.VisualStudio.* references?

    By the way, for more VS2015 CTP problems, you could submit them in Microsoft Connect here:


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    • Marked as answer by Caillen Tuesday, April 14, 2015 10:05 AM
    Wednesday, April 8, 2015 6:54 AM