Thursday, July 31, 2014

Failure to load packages creating an MVC project

Whenever I create a new MVC project, I am getting an error loading various packages for Powershell, entity framework and Jquery.

The error: The following packages failed to install from 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft ASP.NET\ASP.NET MVC 5\Packages'

I noticed a reference looking for C:\Program Files (x86)\7-Zip\7z.exe, which is pretty strange and subsequently found that 7Zip was installed in the “c:\program files” hive and not in the x86 one. I copied the 7zip folder to the x86 folder structure and then restarted Visual Studio. Now it works as expected.

I can only surmise that by installing 7Zip i have messed with the natural order of things somehow. Either way, copying to the x86 folder fixed things for me.

Something to remember if you get the same issue.


p.s. i haven’t had this issue on my Windows 7 box but experienced this on the Windows 8 ‘beta’ image i am currently testing for rollout at work. I don’t remember if i installed 7Zip myself or if it was already installed. I have a sneaky suspicion it was already there and maybe the directory it was installed to was incorrect?

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