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Workaround: XAML Designer crash in Visual Studio 2013 after upgrading to Update 3 RTM.

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  • If your XAML designer starts crashing for existing projects after upgrading to Update 3 RTM, you can do the following actions to recover from this crash.
    1)      Close all instances of Visual Studio 2013
    2)      Delete the contents of the following folders
    a)       C:\Users\{user}\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0\Designer\ShadowCache
    b)      C:\Users\{user}\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0\Blend\
    3)      Restart Visual Studio
    4)      Reopen project and XAML File
    The product team is aware of this issue and actively investigating this for a future update for Visual Studio.
    Tuesday, August 19, 2014 6:32 PM
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