[wix-users] Failed to load wixproj with VS2013

Kaveesh Dashora kaveeshd at googlemail.com
Fri Aug 18 01:39:53 PDT 2017

Pleaee ignore the earlier response, did not read the mail properly :(. My

On 18-Aug-2017 2:03 PM, "Kaveesh Dashora" <kaveeshd at googlemail.com> wrote:

You need to install the Votive (Wix Visual Studio extension) separately.
The extension has been removed from the WiX installer 3.11 and is required
to be installed separately.

On 18-Aug-2017 9:24 AM, "Helge Kruse" <Helge.Kruse at gmx.net> wrote:

> Hello,
> I have several WiX projects. The recent projects are built with WiX
> 3.10. I also tried to take a look at WiX 3.11 and found that the
> VS2013 integration has been remove from the WiX 3.11 installer and a
> VS has to be installed. After creating a new installer project I saw
> that this is only compileable with at least 3.11. I share the projects
> with other guys using a source control system, and I don't want to
> force them to upgrade their WiX installation to version 3.11. For that
> pupose I want to downgrade the WiX installation to windows 3.10.
> I uninstalled WiX 3.11 as well as the VS2013 extension. After that I
> installed WiX 3.10. But now I can't load the project in VS2013
> anymore. When I open the solution I get a message box.
>     One or more projects in the solution were not loaded correctly.
>     Please see the Output Window for details.
> The Output contains one line per project:
>     C:\Path\to\MySetup.wixproj : error  : Error HRESULT E_FAIL has
> been returned from a call to a COM component.
> The same solution and all containing WiX projects load okay on the
> workstations of the other guys. They are identical since they are
> synchronized by source control system.
> If I open a wixproj instead of the solution then VS2015 is launch and
> the wixproj are all loaded successfully. That's strange since the .sln
> file is for VS2013:
>     Microsoft Visual Studio Solution File, Format Version 12.00
>     # Visual Studio 2013
>     VisualStudioVersion = 12.0.40629.0
>     MinimumVisualStudioVersion = 10.0.40219.1
> The message about the HRESULT E_FAIL is not very helpful to detect the
> problem. How can I recover my workstation and work with VS2013 with
> WiX 3.10?
> Best regards
> Helge
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