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We installed SQL Server Management Studio 2018 (v18 GA) on a Server 2012. The SSMS program presents the splash screen then closes immediately. After reviewing the logs, there isn't any entry in the Event Viewer; I suspect that it's closing cleanly, but I don't know why. I attempted to run the repair on the following packages from other research: Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable (x86/x64) - 14.16.27029. I repaired both and the SSMS package using the installer, but the same issue occurs. Anyone have any recommendations?

  • I'm hitting the same issue with the same configuration... – Luke Wyatt Apr 29 '19 at 17:55
  • I think we're abandoning the v18 and going to an older release for now. – Smithers the Wizard Apr 29 '19 at 18:02
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    SSMS 17.9 opened without issue after an uninstall of v18. I never rebooted between uninstall/install. – Smithers the Wizard Apr 29 '19 at 18:27
  • Thanks! I just did the same – Luke Wyatt Apr 29 '19 at 18:52
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This has come up on DBA Stack Exchange which seems to solve the problem:

https://dba.stackexchange.com/questions/237086/sql-server-management-studio-18-wont-open-only-splash-screen-pops-up?

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I just overlaid the Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Interop.8.0.dll in C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 18\Common7\IDE\PublicAssemblies with the copy from ..\PrivateAssemblies\Interop and the IDE opens. (Thanks to Mitch for discovering the offending DLL name.)

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