Fixing "The ‘CctSharedPackage’ package did not load correctly"

I started Visual Studio 2013 this morning and opened the About dialog to make sure that I was running Update 1 on this particular machine.  Before the About dialog was displayed, I got the following error dialog:

Microsoft Visual Studio
The ‘CctSharedPackage’ package did not load correctly.

The problem may have been caused by a configuration change or by the installation of another extension. You can get more information by examining the file ‘C:\Users\…\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0\ActivityLog.xml’.

Continue to show this error message?
Yes   No  

Ack!  What happened?  Apparently this is an issue with the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 – v2.2.  Although further research shows that it’s a problem with previous versions of the Azure SDK, as well.  So, I went to Control Panel, opened “Programs and Features”, right-clicked on “Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 – v2.2”, and clicked “Change”.  In the “Modify Setup” dialog that appeared and clicked “Repair”.  This fixed the problem.


Comments (33)

  1. Matt says:

    That did the trick!

    Thanks a lot 🙂

  2. Jerry says:

    That was easy enough. Thanks!

  3. Jason Skowronek says:

    Thanks from me too.

  4. I'm glad this helped you guys out!

  5. bafver says:

    Worked fo me aswell! Great!

  6. Jagzz says:

    Thank you.

  7. Rodolpho Brock says:


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  9. CTE says:

    Repairing as I type.  Thanks in advance.

  10. GizzerGis says:

    Worked a treat – thanks!

  11. Steve says:

    Thank god for that.  Everything was fine then I restarted and it was broken on one VM without this error.  Another VM and was working but wanted to restart and after the restart showed up the error you described.  Looks like an Windows update broke it……  Thank you, I was panicking.  I have a release to do.


  12. Theregan says:

    Thank you very much for posting this!

    Works for Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2012 – v2.1 as well.

  13. Dirk says:

    Fixed it. Thanks!

  14. apr says:

    Just installed win 8.1 update 1 (X64 via msdn download), and got the same error. The repair fixed it, thank you.

    (Just wondering how can an os update mess up the azure sdk?, "CctSharedPackage…" what a crap error message is this!?)

  15. Gil says:

    Happened to me too after installing Windows 8.1 update 1 (x64). Applying this fix now to Windows Azure 2.3, since that is the latest version on my computer, but I have 2.2 installed too. I'll see after the reboot whether I need to do the same for the older SDK.

  16. Ala'a Alnajjar says:

    Thanks for this info,it worked for me

  17. Pooja says:

    Thanks…it worked for me…

  18. Benji says:

    Just wanted to say thank you. This error totally farked my whole project, and your suggestion saved me what would have been hours and hours of frustration.

  19. Zbyszek says:

    I would like to kiss you 🙂 I spend hours trying to find the solution!

  20. Acme Atron-O-Matic (Matthew) says:

    Installing the Roslyn Ctp 3 caused this issue, thanks for the fix

  21. Daniel Jimenez says:

    Thanks. its work!

    Good job!

  22. Ken Smith says:

    Thanks! I ran into this installing .NET 4.5.2, and grateful for the fix.

  23. Zoka says:

    Great and thanks – works also for version 2.5 of Azure tools.

  24. Nenad says:


    Good job

  25. Thanks to everyone for letting me know that it fixes other components, too!

  26. Jonathan Drever says:

    I had same problem with Microsoft Azure Tools – v2.5. This quickly fixed it for me too. Thanks Robert.

  27. Doctor-Who says:

    Should I also uninstall older Azure SDK's or toolkits?

  28. Wolfixx says:

    Thank you !!!

  29. Simon Segal says:

    Thanks…this kind of thing drives me nuts

  30. Bill D says:

    Thank you!  Was getting this in Visual Studio 2015.  Your recommendation fixed it.

  31. Thank you! I’ve updated Azure SDK. This solved the issue.