In last days I experience some annoying and frustrating bug in MS Visual Studio 2005 (at work and at home). I write some project in VB.Net, this project is included in solution that contains another ten projects, that written in VB and C#. In the middle of work with IDE I receive error message: "Microsoft(R) Visual Basic Compiler has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience", and IDE crushes.
I made quick search in MSDN and found that this is known bug and MS provides some fixes (patches). For some reason I can't handle with installation of these patches. When I try to execute the EXE of the patch I get some unclear message: "This patch package could not be opened. Verify that the patch package exists and that you can access it, or contact the application vendor to verify that this is a valid Windows installer patch package", and setup closes. I've reinstalled the "Windows Installer" – didn't help.
Error messages from VB.Net IDE:
If I continue to work after this error was shown, IDE looses intellisence and crahes soon…
I've googled for this kind of bug, some programmers met it and uses fixes and some programmers couldn't solve the problem and reinstalled the VS; I really don't want to reinstall the entire VS2005.
Maybe someone met this bug in VS2005 and can help? Please advice, thanks.