[wix-users] Failed to load wixproj with VS2013

Helge Kruse Helge.Kruse at gmx.net
Mon Aug 21 20:42:04 PDT 2017

My description was probably poorly expressed. I lost the msbuild support
for WiX projects is VS2013 after installing and uninstalling the WiX
Toolset Extension for VS2013 together with WiX 3.11.
For some reason I want to use WiX 3.10, but VS2013 fails to load the
.wixproj projects without any readable reason.

Is there any way to use VS2013 usable again with WiX 3.10 or to
identify what's failing here?

Best Regards

Am 18.08.2017 um 10:39 schrieb Kaveesh Dashora:
> Pleaee ignore the earlier response, did not read the mail properly :(. My
> bad.
> 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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