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I'm been using VS 2008 "forever". Rebooted yesterday and now I get an error that says a component can not be found. Reinstall application.

I've reinstalled, I've uninstalled and installed VS2008 twice and still get the same error.

Searching on the net shows people having a similar problem with a missing alt dll, but I don't have VC++ loaded and that dll is not missing. Have ran the depends.exe and the only missing dll is dwmapi.dll, which isn't even needed on a Windows XP os. Tried using /safemode and it still fails.

I need some more ideas or a way to find out what exactly is missing.

Thanks Dwight

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Does it tell you which component it thinks is missing? Perhaps try logging (devenv.exe /Log [logfile]) and see what jewels that uncovers. – heavyd Feb 17 '10 at 20:17
Does the error show when devenv is started? Or, when a project/solution file is opened? – Scott Feb 17 '10 at 20:35
The error happens when devenv is started. Click ok on the message and denenv closes. – Dwight T Feb 17 '10 at 20:48
Unfortunately the log is never created. – Dwight T Feb 17 '10 at 20:57

Before you try anything else, I would suggest that you try a quick system restore back to the day before yesterday if that's possible. If it works, it might save you lots of time trying to troubleshoot it.

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To much has been done to do that. – Dwight T Feb 17 '10 at 20:41

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