Visual Basic 2010 Express will not start - by albertareg

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ID 636876 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Bug Repros 0
Opened 1/19/2011 9:49:07 AM
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I've just downloaded and installed Visual Basic 2010 Express. No problems were indicated on installation but when I try to start it (for the VERY first time) I get the following error message:

"Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation."

The program will not start.

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Posted by Microsoft on 6/3/2011 at 2:59 PM
Sorry this bug got lost in our backlog. Are you still experiencing issues with VB Express?
Posted by albertareg on 2/9/2011 at 10:20 AM
I've just added the download file. Windbg only seemed to find 1 exception.
Posted by Microsoft on 2/4/2011 at 6:30 PM
Yes, vbexpress.exe will work.
Posted by albertareg on 1/25/2011 at 8:51 PM
The file "devenv.exe" does not exist. Any other suggestions? It was suggested that I use "vbexpress.exe" instead. Will that work?
Posted by Microsoft on 1/24/2011 at 11:47 PM
Hi there,

To investigate this further we need dumps of the exceptions being thrown during startup. Can you please follow the instructions below to grab them?

a.     Install windbg (

b.     In windbg, select File->Open Executable. Then navigate to \program files\microsoft visual studio 10.0\common\ide and select devenv.exe. Windbg will initialize and you will eventually hit a breakpoint in the windbg command window.
c.     Type "sxe clr" into the command window. Hit G to continue. You will now break into the debugger when first chance managed exceptions are hit.
d.     Type “g” to continue.
e.     Eventually you will hit an exception and break into the command window again. Type ".dump /m <dumpfilename>.dmp" into the command window, with a new file name for <dumpfilename>. This will save a dump of the VS process.
f.     Hit g and repeat step (e) when more exceptions are hit. You will eventually end up with a collection of dump files.
g.     Upload the dump files.

Sasha Siddhartha
Lead Software Developer
Visual Studio Platform
Posted by Microsoft on 1/20/2011 at 11:19 PM
Thanks for your feedback.
We are routing this issue to the appropriate group within the Visual Studio Product Team for triage and resolution. These specialized experts will follow-up with your issue.
Posted by albertareg on 1/20/2011 at 7:59 AM
I've attached the "" file to the details section. In using the collect.exe program an error message was generated:

"Microsoft Office Outlook
General failure. The URL was:
"". An error occurred in sending the command to the application."
Posted by Microsoft on 1/19/2011 at 9:59 PM
Thanks for reporting the issue.
In order to fix the issue, we must first reproduce the issue in our labs. We are unable to reproduce the issue with the steps you provided.

Could you please upload a setup log file to help us investigate the issue?
You can get the log files with the following steps:
1) Download collect.exe from the link below.
2) You may choose to save the tool for later use, or to run directly.
3) The utility creates a compressed cabinet of all the VS and .NET logs to %TEMP%\

You can get more details about how to get the log files here:

Thanks again for your efforts and we look forward to hearing from you.
Posted by Microsoft on 1/19/2011 at 9:58 AM
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