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  • Hello,

    I uninstalled Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise and installed Visual Studio 2015 Update 1.

    During custom installation I selected "Microsoft Web Developer Tools" but "Web site" project template is unavailable, existing projects fail to start due to missing assemblies etc.

    I have tried both repairing and changing the installation by unchecking "Microsoft Web Developer Tools" but after when the setup completes this option is still selected. I run 'modify' from the Control Panel/Programs.

    I tried removing VS completely from disk, even removing registry entries under CURENT_USER/Microsoft/Visual Studio and installing again.

    This did not help.

    Please advise.



    Thursday, February 11, 2016 7:31 PM

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  • Hi Tomasz,

    >>I uninstalled Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise and installed Visual Studio 2015 Update 1.

    Do you mean that you just install the update 1 or the VS2015 include the update1?

    The update 1 just is a update package for the VS2015, we don't need to uninstall the VS2015.

    In addition, from the control panel, if I modify the VS, we could get the setup options:

    >>but "Web site" project template is unavailable, existing projects fail to start due to missing assemblies etc.

    Just to make this issue clearly, whether other project has this issue or just the web site project?

    If so, how about removing the project template cache?

    Please clear your template cache in C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE, you will find projecttemplatecache and itemtemplatecache, please clear them and use devenv /installtemplates to fix it, check it again.

    If still no help, please re-download the VS setup file from the official site, re-install it again.

    Best Regards,

    Jack


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    Friday, February 12, 2016 5:00 PM
  • Hello Jack,

    thank you for your attention. I tried your suggestion but /installtemplates does not seem to be a supported devenv swich.

    "Invalid Command Line. Unknown Switch : installtemplates."

    I explain that due to issues caused by recent ASP.Net 5 poor update I decided to reinstall VS from scratch not being able to work. Installing VS 2015 again I used the most recent version downloaded from MSDN, already containing update 1.

    Thank you,

    Tomasz

    Monday, February 15, 2016 11:02 AM
  • Hi Tomasz,

    >>I explain that due to issues caused by recent ASP.Net 5 poor update I decided to reinstall VS from scratch not being able to work. Installing VS 2015 again I used the most recent version downloaded from MSDN, already containing update 1.

    Does it work well after you re-install your VS? Would you mind letting us know the latest information about this issue?

    >>"Invalid Command Line. Unknown Switch : installtemplates."

    Please run the command line as the admin, and then check it again.

    Thanks,

    Jack


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    Tuesday, February 16, 2016 6:49 AM
  • Hello Jack,

    still no success. See the screenshot below.

    Problems with  "Microsoft ASP.NET Web Frameworks and Tools 2015" are well known. See reviews tab under: https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/2f8a7e60-2e6b-4220-b334-26d1e60ec54c

    Thanks,

    Tomasz

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016 11:13 AM
  • Sorry for my mistake, Tomasz:)

    Run the command line:

    devenv.exe /InstallVSTemplates

    devenv.exe /Setup

    >>Problems with  "Microsoft ASP.NET Web Frameworks and Tools 2015" are well known. See reviews tab under: https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/2f8a7e60-2e6b-4220-b334-26d1e60ec54c

    So you mean that you install this extension tool, and then you couldn't run your web site project in your VS2015, am I right?

    Generally to make sure that whether it is related to the add-ins or the extension tools, we could run the VS in safe mode:

    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms241278.aspx

    In addition, I will download this extension tool, and check it in my VS2015, I will update my reply later.

    Update:

    I installed the Microsoft ASP.NET Web Frameworks and Tools 2015, I could create the web site project, and it compiles well in my side. 

    Thanks,

    Jack


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    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 3:10 AM
  • Hello Jack,

    I did as you advised and removed both ItemTemplatesCache and ProjectTemplatesCache under C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE. Then I run devenv.exe /InstallVSTemplates and devenv.exe /Setup with no errors. Screenshot attached. ItemTemplatesCache ProjectTemplatesCache folders were restored.
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE\ProjectTemplatesCache\CSharp" folder does not contain "Web" folder.
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE\ProjectTemplates\CSharp\Web" forder does not contain "1033" folder - I was able to compare with my other PC.
    Note that the "Microsoft Web Developer Tools" option is selected - setup "Modify" option.

    It seems like "Microsoft Web Developer Tools" setup switch does not work as expected. It is not possible to uncheck it. I mean, after unchecking it and applying changes it appears checked again.

    Is there anything else I could try?

    Are you able to edit cshtml files after installing the latest "Microsoft ASP.NET Web Frameworks and Tools 2015"?

    Thank you,

    Tomasz




    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 1:14 PM
  • Hi Tomasz,

    Do you install the VS IDE using the ISO file?

    Maybe you could check the SHA-1 value of it, so we could make sure that whether it is the setup file issue:

    https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/downloads/visual-studio-2015-iso-sha1-vs.aspx

    If you got different SHA-1 value, maybe you could re-download the setup file from the official site.

    To make sure that it is not the installation issue, we could collect the log messages:

    Please use http://aka.ms/vscollect  to gather the VS and .Net Frameowrk installation logs. After using it, you will find vslogs.cab from %temp% folder. Please upload the file to Onedrive and share the link here.

    Best Regards,

    Jack


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    Thursday, February 18, 2016 9:44 AM
  • Hello Jack,

    first an update: all may troubles started with "Microsoft ASP.NET and Web Tools" RC1 Update 1.

    https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/c94a02e9-f2e9-4bad-a952-a63a967e3935

    - previously I provided incorrect link. Read the reviews, folks experience exactly the same problems I do.

    Here is the link to vslogs.zip:

    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=D22AAB900A1A2546!714&authkey=!AMJNfU3wjmYuM7k&ithint=file%2czip

    Thank you,

    Tomasz

    Friday, February 19, 2016 5:05 PM
  • Hi Tomasz Jastrzębski,

    Actually I also install the extension tool in my side, but I could create the web project or the web site project after I installed it.

    To make sure that whether it is really related to this tool:

    https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/c94a02e9-f2e9-4bad-a952-a63a967e3935

    Could you uninstall this tool singly in your side? And then check that whether you could create a simple web site project.

    If we make sure that it is related to this extension tool, click the above link, and then start a discussion, you would get response from the extension tool experts.

    I got the following log messages in your log files:

    Error 0x80070015: Failed get to file attributes. '[WixBundleOriginalSourceFolder]packages\dotNetFramework\dotNetFx-x86-x64-AllOS-ENU.exe'
    Could not create system restore point, error: 0x80070422. Continuing...

    Maybe you could check that whether it is related to the windows:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929833

    Best Regards,

    Jack


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    Monday, February 22, 2016 7:02 AM
  • Hello Jack,

    the problem surfaced after when I installed the ASP.Net 5, then uninstalled VS and next installed VS again.

    After the second installation, although selected as an install option, web projects (web dev tools) were unavailable.

    I will try installing ASP.Net 5 again. I think it is a new release.

    Thank you for your support.

    Tomasz




    Wednesday, February 24, 2016 8:53 PM
  • >>I will try installing ASP.Net 5 again. I think it is a new release.

    I look forward to hearing from you. Tomasz:)

    If you get any latest information, please feel free to let me know.

    Thanks,

    Jack


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    Thursday, February 25, 2016 3:04 AM
  • Hello Jack,

    per KB929833 I run SFC - no troubles found.

    I installed  ASP.Net 5 again. It restored "Web Developer Tools". That is, web templates are available, I can publish web aps. However, attempt to edit cshtml files results in error, no publish profiles - screenshots attached.

    To replicate the problem you would have to:
    1) install VS 2015 Update 1,
    2) install "Microsoft ASP.NET and Web Tools" RC1 Update 1
    https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/c94a02e9-f2e9-4bad-a952-a63a967e3935
    3) uninstall VS
    4) install VS again - at this point you should see "MS Web Developer Tools" missing, even if selected during installation.

    I have no clue what to do next but, I guess, for now I can live without cshtml files, hopefully there will be some fix available soon. Currently I cannot afford luxury of reinstalling my workstation.

    I would not say it is "Microsoft ASP.NET and Web Tools" issue. After all, VS should reinstall corectly no matter what was installed/configured during previous install.

    Kind regards,

    Tomasz



    Monday, February 29, 2016 11:29 AM
  • Hi Tomasz,

    >>The operation could not be completed.

    If possible, please run the command line:

    cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE
    devenv.exe /resetuserdata.

    devenv /ResetSettings.

    Actually it seems that other members also met this kind of issue before even if I couldn't repro it in my side:

    https://github.com/aspnet/Tooling/issues/276

    Sorry for that I couldn't repro it in my side, but since other members also met this kind of issue, to get the issue confirmed and diagnose by product team, would you please create connect report for it? You will get email notification for update.http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/CreateFeedback.aspx

    If you submit a report to the product team, you could share me the link here, so we could also get the latest information from the report team experts.

    Sincerely,

    Jack


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    Tuesday, March 1, 2016 8:13 AM
  • Hi Jack,

    it seems running
    devenv.exe /resetuserdata
    devenv.exe /ResetSettings

    fixed the problem. That is, I can edit cshtml files, publish profiles showed up.

    Publishing to Azure by right-click fails, instead "Azure App Service Activity" has to be used (screenshots below) but that probably is another issue.

    Thank you,

    Tomasz Jstrzębski

    Friday, March 18, 2016 5:07 PM
  • Hi Tomasz Jstrzębski,

    Glad to know that the previous issue has been resolved, if possible, you could mark the helpful reply as the answer, so it would be helpful for other members who meet the same issue.

    For the new issue, maybe you could open a new case in our forum, we will provide you the useful information or the correct forum for the new issue in time.

    Sincerely,

    Jack


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    Monday, March 21, 2016 5:22 AM
  • I'm having similar problems with the Web side of Visual Studio Express. I've followed all the suggestions given here, but still don't have the options to start a web site, or have any web templates. 

    I noticed in the previous posts that there is a menu that I can check Windows and Web Development. Is there any way to access that in Visual Studio Express?

    Thank you

    Don

    Friday, April 21, 2017 7:35 PM