"Pending Changes” and “Source Control Explorer” missing from Team Explorer in Visual Studio 2013

This week I had a customer connected to Visual Studio Online using VS 2013 Pro, but all he had in TE were “Work Items”, “Builds”, and “Settings”. He was missing “Pending Changes” and “Source Control Explorer”.  Connecting to the same account using the same version of VS as the same user, just from another machine… he saw everything in TE (so not a permissions thing).

FIX: We exited VS and ran "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe" /setup from an elevated command prompt. This will not start VS. You will have to watch DEVENV.EXE in Task Manager to determine when it has exited. When it exited the customer started VS, connected to his VSO team project and the “Source Control Explorer” and “Pending Changes” tiles were back in Team Explorer. 

Saw this again about a week later as well. This time the user could not check in pending changes to a TFVC project on VSO from VS 2013. He saw the err below in TE (Page 'fd273aa7-0538-474b-954f-2327f91cef5e' not found."). Command line worked fine to check in. I had him run the /SETUP and it fixed VS.



As you can imagine this is likely not a VSO specific, but a TE\VS thing. I hope you don’t see this issue, but if you do I hope this fixes it for you.

PS: See MSDN Docs on /SETUP switch: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/ex6a2fad.aspx


Comments (31)
  1. damashiuchi says:

    Awesome!  Was having the 'Page <GUID> not found' issue using VS2012 / TFS (express) and this fixed it!  Thanks!

  2. Glad it helped! 🙂


  3. alan says:

    Awesome!  This worked like a charm!

  4. Mark Mon40 says:

    Another thank you.  Happened on the free Cloud TFS that microsoft supplies

  5. Arijit says:

    Worked for me too

  6. Ashish says:

    This worked perfectly for me 🙂 Thanks a ton!!

  7. dana says:


  8. Artem says:

    Thank you very much

  9. Joe Hanson says:

    This worked for me, I had the same problem and the solution was through the command you provided. When the process exited and I re-ran VS 2013 I was able to check-in my code. Thank you so much!

  10. Ben Joyce says:

    I had a similar problem.  "Home" page of the Team Explorer was just listing solutions, none of the other icons such as My Work, Pending Changes, Work Items, etc.  Also, the Check In Comment field was missing.

    The above fix resolved the problem for me.

  11. Sebastien P says:

    Worked also for me. Thanks a lot

  12. ethiessen says:

    This also worked for me, thanks for the fix!

    Was using VS 2013 Ultimate with TFS 2013, and had the "Page <GUID> not found" error whenever I clicked on Builds in Team Explorer.

  13. ashton says:

    thanks a lot, it helped

  14. Will de Haan says:

    Thanks for blogging this!

  15. JJ says:

    Thanks for this fix.  My tiles all disappeared yesterday and this resolved the issue.

  16. Urs says:

    Got this error in VS2013 Premium. This fixed it!


  17. Roger says:

    had the same issue today… fixed with this hint. thank you

  18. Ryan says:

    That worked! quite a simple solution.

  19. Lars Kemmann (BynaLogic LLC) says:

    Fantastic, thank you! Just needed this. In my case the 'Pending Changes' tile was visible but presented the error whenever I would click on it. (Or, for that matter, when clicking 'Check In' via the context menu in Source Control Explorer.)

  20. David says:

    Run command prompt as administrator, then run "C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0Common7IDEdevenv.exe" /setup

  21. James says:

    Just ran into this as well today, your fix worked great for me!  Thanks for the blog!

  22. James says:

    Just ran into this weird issue today, running /setup did the trick!  Thanks for your blog!

  23. Debarshi Bhowal says:

    wow… That worked like a charm. Last time, I had to reinstall Visual Studio to get this fixed.

  24. Mik says:

    This was life saving.

    This issue still exists after VS2013 Update 4. Seems like an integration issue with VS<->TFS.

    Thanks for the fix.

  25. Sumedh says:

    Thanks. Worked fantastic.

  26. Craig says:

    If you get this issue in VS2015 and running "C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0Common7IDEdevenv" /setup doesn't fix you issue you can try the following:

    1. Close all instances of VS

    2. Delete all files in C:Users<user.admin>AppDataLocalMicrosoftVisualStudio14.0ComponentModelCache

    3. run "C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0Common7IDEdevenv" /setup

  27. Yongliang says:

    Awesome! this worked perfectly for me. 🙂

  28. Pooppandi Muthu says:

    I could bring “pending changes” and “source control explorer” back to visible by following the steps
    1. Navigate to the menu Tools -> Options->Source Control
    2. In the Plug-In selection, select “current source control plug-in” as “Visual Studio Team Foundation Server”
    3. Click OK.
    4. You should be able to see the changes in Team explorer.

  29. Tom says:

    This just helped recover all of the Team Explorer tabs (Pending Changes, Work Items, etc) in VS2013 Update 5. Thanks!

  30. sandhya says:

    awesome it worked!

  31. omkarksa says:

    Kool! This works even today! 🙂

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