I'm on Windows 7 Professional SP1.

I just installed SQL Server Management Studio 2014 using the 64-bit download from Microsoft: SQLManagementStudio_x64_ENU.exe, and when I click on the shortcut in the Programs menu, it gives the error:

Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation.

I checked the shortcut properties, and the Target path is correctly set to:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\120\Tools\Binn\ManagementStudio\Ssms.exe"

However, it was missing the "Start in" value, so I set it to that folder, but the error still occurs. When I navigate directly to the binary Ssms.exe and double-click on it, the application does run.

Any thoughts on what might be causing the shortcut to fail?

2 Answers 2


I forgot the Number One Rule of Windows: When in doubt, reboot.

That fixed whatever the problem was.


The problem are also caused by the .NET Framework 4.0 series. Uninstall it in Program and features and install .NET Framework 6 and newer Problem solved

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