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How do I install default templates in Visual Studio 2005 ?

Whenever I start Visual Studio 2005 and click on File -> New Project it shows me shows me this message.

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and then there are no templates in the New Project dialog box.

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I have found the template folder at

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE\VSTA\ItemTemplates

The main problem is I can't reinstall Visual Studio as I don't have Admin Rights on my college PC. And my teachers won't re-install it as .Net is in the next module.

So is there any way to install default templates ?


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Your best solution would be to either reinstall Visual Studio, or at least reset the settings by running devenv.exe /ResetSetttings from the Visual Studio 2005 Command Prompt. However, both of those actions will require that you have administrator privileges. So, to work around this, try these steps(note: I've only got VS 2008, but the steps should be similar):

  1. Open the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE folder in Windows Explorer
  2. Copy the ItemTemplates and ProjectTemplates directories to your %HOMEPATH%\My Documents\Visual Studio 2005\Templates directory.
  3. Open Visual Studio

If that doesn't work, please follow the instructions in the first screenshot and post what information you can see in the Event Viewer.

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Thanks for the advice, I will let you know :) – Searock Oct 2 '10 at 17:43

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