Fixing a broken toolbox (In Visual Studio 2010 SP1)

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I was recently running into a situation where every time I opened Visual Studio 2010 SP1 the following message would appear for about 60 seconds or so:

"Loading toolbox content from package Microsoft.VisualStudio.IDE.Toolbox.ControlInstaller.ToolboxInstallerPackage

After finally get fed up with the issue I started researching it and decided that I’d share the steps that I took to resolve it below:

  • I first made a complete backup of my registry.
  • I then removed the following key:
  • I went to the following directory: C:\Users\Your Name Here\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\ and created a folder called bk and moved the .tbd files to that folder (they are hidden so you will have to show all files). I then removed the .tbd files in the root directory.



  • I then launched Visual Studio 2010 SP1 again and it recreated those files and the problem was gone.

Anyways I hope this helps someone with a similar problem. I created this blog partially for myself but it is always nice to help my fellow developer. 

Thanks for reading.


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