Cannot Create New Website In VS2005?

[Cross posted to WebDevTools blog]

Over the last few months, I've seen a number of forum posts from people saying that when they choose "Create New Website", the dialog box that showed them the different types of websites they could create was completely horked.  For example, instead of showing this:

it would instead show this:

Often when we see bugs like this, it's very frustrating for us as testers, and even as a product group.  We know the bug exists.  You tell us it's there, you show us screen shots and everything, but not matter what we do, we are unable to repro the bug in house. 

Well, I can say we have successfully tamed this bug.  It appears that this dialog gets screwed up by some third party registry cleaning tools. I was able to verify this by installing a clean copy of VS2005 on a clean Windows XP machine, and then running the registry cleaning tool.  After accepting the changes, things went down hill.  My copy of VS did exactly what people had been describing. 

The question is how do you fix it.  So far, the only way we've found is to uninstall the web development components of Visual Studio and then reinstall them. 

I'll work to see if I can find a better solution than reinstalling, but in the mean time, don't clean your registry.  I'll also try to work with the third party registry tools to find out how to fix this problem.


Comments (6)

  1. Congratulations on finding and reproducing this bug. Got any tips on how to track down bugs that can only be reproduced by customers? I have this problem all the time and sometimes I wish I could just have them send me their tablets so I can installer a debugger on it, but that’s not an option.

    Some best practices and advice would be really helpful.

  2. Hell, if you would have asked me I would have told you to save you the headaches. I blogged about this on the 9th March 2006 🙂,guid,3e783804-1b65-42a1-847a-10c16b57284a.aspx

    (Copy and paste the link in a new browser otherwise it will not work)

  3. Dennes says:


    Esse bug foi recem descoberto pela equipe do VS. As ferramentas de limpeza de registry deletam…

  4. Finally many unknowns on the problems with VS2005 have been “resolved”. Found this post on

  5. Finally many unknowns on the problems with VS2005 have been “resolved”. Found this post on

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