View Full Version : Visual Studio 2003 SP1 trouble

08-30-2006, 02:26 AM
As you might have read, Microsoft has released SP1 for VS2003. With 2005 out, upgrading 2003 seems to be pointless, but not everyone ( read: my beloved employer ) is on 2005 yet. So SP1 it is. I installed it when it was available and I noticed some differences:

- Icons have changed ( cosmetics, irrelevant )

- File associations have changed ( no, my .txt files are not SQL files and should not be opened with VS. Who thought of that crap ? Minor annoyance )

- IDE behaviour loading solutions has changed. Double clicking a solution in windows explorer now loads it into an already opened IDE, closing the previously opened project without asking. Who thought of that ? Major annoyance. Breaking change, we won't install SP1 if this is the normal, unchangable behaviour with SP1.

At first, I thought it might be a configuration issue. But I found no option or setting to configure this behaviour in VS itself or as a registry key. Then I thought it might be a bug. But I found no solution, as a matter of fact I didn't even find someone with the same problem. I've been googling, reading all release notes, known issues and blogs about SP1 and I have combed the MS newsgroups, but I turned up nothing. Nobody but me ( and my colleagues ) even has that problem. Anyone got any pointers ? Did you install 2003-SP1 ? Any side effects, anything resembling my problems ?

Mario F.
08-30-2006, 02:59 AM
Have you tried asking for help there? Not being an arse. But considering the possible small universe of users of visual studio net 2003 and the fact it was just released a couple fo weeks ago, maybe it will take some time until more detailed info starts to pop up on the web.

File associations can be manually fixed. Although annoying. But the third problem of loading of a project definitely can't be fixed if there is no option to stop it. Is there any info about the changes in the release notes? maybe those changes are addressed there.

08-30-2006, 06:15 AM
I did leave a message in the german part of the newsgroups, but no answer yet. I didn't notice anything pointing to this behaviour in the release notes or known issues.

08-30-2006, 05:44 PM
I'm still using 2003 as well (at least until I can figure out where to get a discounted price for the full 2005 version), but I haven't installed SP1. And I don't think I will unless you find a solution to that last problem

08-30-2006, 05:51 PM
Maybe SP1 changed the file extension, passing an argument to VC? Maybe it got rid of an argument? Maybe it changed the default behaviour which can be changed back by passing it an argument?

08-30-2006, 11:52 PM
Very odd. Not sure what might be causing that. The txt file problem can be eliminated through the control panel in Windows. I think it's the folder options icon that lets you set and change associations. Obviously MSVC changed them through code and that is the reason it insists on opening them. If it has done this the icon next to your text files should be the same icon as Visual Studio indicating to you that MSVS is the default program for that file.

I'm not sure why icons would have changed unless you mean by this the same thing I just discussed. MS normally does not change icons after a release but then again most things that MS does are usually quite far from normal.