Tag Archives: Visual Studio 2013

How to create a VSIX project in Visual Studio 2013

In my last post I’ve shown how to create a project template from an existing project by exporting it. Now we will go through the creation of a simple VSIX to package our project template.

Steps before creating a VSIX project

  • Install the Visual Studio 2013 SDK which you can download from here.
  • If you have not created a project template before, read this post.

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Visual Studio 2013 SDK installation freezes visual studio – Project does not load, cannot close program

Recently I have installed the Visual Studio 2013 SDK and encountered a very annoying error for the first time. After opening a project (any project) at the Solution explorer none of the projects were loaded. And even a more annoying error occurred when I tried to close the solution, I could not do it and was prompted with an error:

VS error

No exports were found that match the constraint: ContractName
Microsoft.Internal.VisualStudio.PlatformUI.ISolutionAttachedCollectionService

RequiredTypeIdentity
Microsoft.Internal.VisualStudio.PlatformUI.ISolutionAttachedCollectionService

To solve this problem I found these tips:

  • Uninstall one of the extensions then restart Visual Studio. I know this sounds idiotic but a lot of people wrote this helps
  • Repair the latest update for Visual Studio which worked for me. (You can found Update 4 for Visual Studio 2013 here