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I am experiencing an issue with Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 hanging with a "Waiting for Operation to Complete" message whenever I launch it.

Microsoft Visual Studio - Waiting for a required operation to complete. This dialog will close when the operation completes.

This dialog appears every time I launch Visual Studio and never disappears. As of the writing of this post, Visual Studio has been doing this for a half-hour. This is my fourth attempt at trying to get Visual Studio to start. Does anyone have any idea how to solve the problem? I am using Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 with Update 2 on Windows 8.1 Pro x64.

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    Are you just trying to open VS via a link to it directly, or are you trying to open it by double-clicking a solution? Have you tried starting it while logged in as a different user? How about while in Safe Mode? Have you tried repairing/reinstalling VS yet? Have you trying starting VS with the /log switch, so you can examine the startup logs? Aug 19, 2014 at 19:54

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Delete the Solution's .suo (Solution User Options) file. I'm not exactly sure why the hang-on-launch happens. I assume that some option gets into a weird state, and this forces them all to reset.

Here's a related thread, where the same conclusion is reached: when .suo files become corrupt 'odd things happen'.

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Visual Studio 2013

Power failure in which not using UPS , machine loses power --> 3 times now VS 2013 would hang and my solution I found was to DELETE everything in this folder

C:\Users\myusername\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebsiteCache

However THIS time it is not recovering.

I do have Visual Studio 2015 and it NEVER happens to VS 2015.

SOLUTION FOR ME

  1. I opened a different solution in VS 2015 which opens fine
  2. I then attempt to open the same solution that will NOT open in VS 2013 IN VS 2013 and it NOW WORKS.

:/ ODD I know.

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In my case, VS 2013 Professional was hanging on startup because the license was no longer valid.

Last item in the log file:

<entry>
    <record>367</record>
    <time>2015/07/13 20:11:05.051</time>
    <type>Information</type>
    <source>UserConnection</source>
    <description>myemailaddrs@gmail.com signed in for IDE user</description>
</entry>

And on the msdn.microsoft.com subscription page: "Your subscription is no longer active, contact your administrator."

I had to get an updated subscription from my employer.

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  • Did you have this problem recently? Visual Studio 2015 is slated for release exactly a week from today and upgrades to it will be free if you have a 2013 Community, Professional, Premium, or Ultimate license. I wonder if Microsoft is making some change to the license before releasing. I'm not sure if that is actually the case, I'm just speculating. Jul 13, 2015 at 21:39
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    In my case the problem was on my end, due to my employer deactivating our Professional licenses and activating Premium, so all I had to do was install Premium and switch over. However, it would have been a lot more helpful if MS had coded VS to tell me that there was an issue with my license instead of just hanging. Jul 14, 2015 at 15:13
  • What @KerryRandolph ran into is exactly what happened to me. Really wish VS would give you a more appropriate response rather than just hanging.
    – dispake
    Jul 23, 2015 at 23:27
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Restarting my computer for the fifth time seems to have solved the problem. I do not know how or why, but it seems to have solved the problem.

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  • lol . Seems that restarting the computer is a universal solution for every problem ;)
    – user11207
    May 26, 2015 at 7:46
  • @user11207 At times it does seem that way. Jul 13, 2015 at 21:33
  • "60% of the time it works 100% of the time" ~ anchorman quote Sep 25, 2015 at 18:02
  • I'm loving the person that downvoted my answer just because it is generic. I marked it as the answer because it's what worked for me. Sep 25, 2015 at 18:09
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Run VS in safe mode using the command "devenv /SafeMode" Open the solution. It won't load every module, just wait for it to complete. Close VS. Re-open VS normally and open the solution. It solved problem for me

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The one thing that helped me is updating the package. Open the solution that is having this "waiting for internal operation to complete" then Go to Tools - Nuget Package Manager - Package Manager Console. Then run "Update-Package". After the update, I was able to close and open the solution with no problems. Hope this helps your issues.

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Run devenv.exe /ResetSettings from a VS 2013 developer command prompt.

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  • It worked for me. Experienced the same issue.
    – Anonymous
    Jul 4, 2017 at 15:04
  • I'll keep this in mind for if I experience any more issues, but at this point I am actually using Visual Studio 2017 Enterprise instead. Jul 4, 2017 at 15:16
  • It would be good to describe the function of devenv.exe and why it should fix the issue.
    – Stese
    Jul 4, 2017 at 15:20
  • I'm not familiar with Visual Studio, but this sounds like a Catch-22 — how do you get to a VS 2013 developer command prompt in the first place if you can't get Visual Studio to start? Jul 4, 2017 at 17:34
  • @Stese devenv.exe is the main executable for Visual Studio. Mar 1, 2018 at 2:52

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