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Fixing a broken toolbox (In Visual Studio 2010 SP1)



I was recently running into a situation where every time I opened Visual Studio 2010 SP1, the following message would appear for about 60 seconds or so:

"Loading toolbox content from package Microsoft.VisualStudio.IDE.Toolbox.ControlInstaller.ToolboxInstallerPackage

After finally get fed up with the issue, I started researching it and decided that I’d share the steps that I took to resolve it below:

  • I first made a complete backup of my registry.
  • I then removed the following key:
  • I went to the following directory: C:\Users\Your Name Here\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\ and created a folder called bk and moved the .tbd files to that folder (they are hidden so you will have to show all files). I then removed the .tbd files in the root directory.



  • I then launched Visual Studio 2010 SP1 again and it recreated those files and the problem was gone.

Anyways, I hope this helps someone with a similar problem. I created this blog partially for myself but it is always nice to help my fellow developer. 

Thanks for reading.


Published at DZone with permission of Michael Crump. See the original article here.

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