WebDev.WebServer.exe can not start :?

Maybe any of you has tried the last Orcas version, if so...please be careful when you uninstall it. After uninstalling, if you try to run any web related project, you may be prompted with an error about the webserver.exe

it can't start....so we can't run it...so we're dead... and if we are about to have an asp.net/AJAX lecture next morning...it can be really a disgusting experience  x)

But relax for a sec, don't feel panic and give it a second chance...

If we play a little bit with the error message, logs, debugging... we will see that it fails cause it's looking for the Orcas assembly version ( that doesn't exist anymore in the GAC



When I checked the module that could be trying to invoke this assembly  (C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\WebDev.WebServer.exe) I realized that its timestamp was 9/2/07 thus it couldn't be from the vs05 default neither post SP1 installation. I tried replacing this webserver.exe for a webserver from a box with vs installed (timestamp 26/10/06) and it worked!!!

wohooooo!!!  =D  Now I'm going to install again the sp1 and the update for vista =)



Comments (3)

  1. elgrego says:

    Thanxs David!

    This problem kind of drowe the point about not installing beta software on my development machine home.

    Thanxs to you I could fix it rather easily after uninstalling.

    Another "interresting" thing about installing orcas was that it messed up the dependencies when compiling my AJAX where it assumed the 2.0 dll was the one to go for, instead of the 1.xx that came with ajax.

    Thanx again.

  2. notmattd says:

    You know i’m getting the same problem trying to run the webdev.webserver on my machine from Visual studio 2008, however i don’t have a Orcas assembly version (…are you sure Orcas installs a new version?

  3. vattikollas says:

    please help me on webdev.webserver.exe problem

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