The imported project "C:Program Files(x86)MsBuildMicrosoftWindowsXamlv14.08.1Microsoft.Windows.UI.Xaml.CSharp.targets" was not found


While trying to create any C# shared or Windows Phone projects using the Visual Studio 2015 IDE, you may receive an error message as highlighted below:

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This is a known issue and it would be fixed in a future update. In order to resolve the issue, please follow the below two workaround:

Workaround 1: 

Please modify the CodeSharing targets. To do so, download the attached target file and replace the file “C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft\VisualStudio\v14.0\CodeSharing\Microsoft.CodeSharing.CSharp.targets” with it.

Alternatively, you can repair the target file manually: Open the file C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft\VisualStudio\v14.0\CodeSharing\Microsoft.CodeSharing.CSharp.targets(or, for Visual Basic, Microsoft.CodeSharing.VisualBasic.targets)

Around line 8, you should see two entries:
<Import
Project=”$(MSBuildExtensionsPath32)\Microsoft\WindowsXaml\v$(VisualStudioVersion)\Microsoft.Windows.UI.Xaml.CSharp.targets” Condition=”Exists(‘$(MSBuildExtensionsPath32)\Microsoft\WindowsXaml\v$(VisualStudioVersion)\Microsoft.Windows.UI.Xaml.CSharp.targets’)”/>

<Import
Project=”$(MSBuildBinPath)\Microsoft.CSharp.Targets” Condition=”!Exists(‘$(MSBuildExtensionsPath32)\Microsoft\WindowsXaml\v$(VisualStudioVersion)\Microsoft.Windows.UI.Xaml.CSharp.targets’)”
/>

Replace these entries with the following:

<Import
Project=”$(MSBuildExtensionsPath32)\Microsoft\WindowsXaml\v$(VisualStudioVersion)\Microsoft.Windows.UI.Xaml.CSharp.targets”
Condition=”false”/>

<Import
Project=”$(MSBuildBinPath)\Microsoft.CSharp.Targets” Condition=”true”
/>

Workaround 2:

1. Open the VS 2015 IDE
2. Click on File->New->Project
3. Choose the only Project template under Windows 8 (below screenshot)
This will launch Visual Studio setup where you can install the templates that are missing.

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Alternatively, you can install the below feature by changing the installed Visual Studio 2015 from the “Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features”:

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P.S.  For Windows 7 OS, the workaround 1 will be applicable only. It can also occur with Visual Basic shared projects.  Obviously the file to modify would be the VB one (Microsoft.CodeSharing.VisualBasic.targets)


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