[wix-users] FYI: WiX Project 'Full Path' property displays an error message

David Hary davidhary at gmail.com
Tue Sep 1 19:13:15 PDT 2015

WiX, VS 2015 Community Edition; Windows 10 Pro.

I am seeing the following message in the Full Path property (@properties
panel) of the referenced Windows Application or Class Library projects,
which are listed as References for the WiX Project:

Could not load file or assembly 'Microsoft.VisualStudio.VCProjectEngine,
Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a' or one
of its dependencies. The located assembly's manifest definition does not
match the assembly reference. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80131040)

The (Name) property equals:


which is the name of a Windows Application Project.

Windows Application or Class Library project reference Path property show
the path to the .dll or .exe of the referenced projects.

Clearly not a show stopper.

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