Known Issue – Visual Studio 2015 XAML designer fails on Windows 10, build 1903. RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am using Visual Studio 2015 for Windows app development.  After installing Windows 10, version 1903, when trying to build my app, Visual Studio is reporting that the XAML Designer is not correctly installed. 
    Thursday, July 18, 2019 5:41 PM


  • Windows 10, version 1903 removed the redundant metadata files from the Syswow64 folder.  Visual Studio 2015 on 64 bit systems is using those files to load the designer.  Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio 2019 do not have this issue.

    To work around this issue, you can take the following steps:

    1) Launch an administrative command prompt
    2) Type in the following command: 

    if NOT exist C:\Windows\Syswow64\WinMetadata xcopy C:\Windows\System32\WinMetadata\*.*  C:\Windows\Syswow64\WinMetadata /S /I

    This will work around this issue by copying the system metadata from the System32 directory to the Syswow64 directory.

    Thursday, July 18, 2019 5:45 PM