Enable Exception Assistant option missing from VS2012 Express For Desktop - by omron

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ID 762652 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Bug Repros 0
Opened 9/14/2012 2:54:44 AM
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I can't seem to find the option to enable the Exception Assistant in VS2012 Express For Desktop.
When an exception is thrown I get the dialog instead of the floating assistant.
The dialog doesn't contain information about InnerException etc., so I would rather have the Assistant, like in VS2010 Express.

Is this missing by design or have I found a bug?
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Posted by Microsoft on 11/6/2013 at 9:49 AM

Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. We did not pull the exception assistant from the Express edition of Visual Studio because we deemed the functionality too valuable for the Express edition. Our primary reason for not including it was that one of our primary goals for the express editions of Visual Studio is to keep them as small as possible while providing support for their intended purpose.

In this case the Exception assistant as currently implemented would have brought in a large number of additional dependencies required only for the exception assistant in the Express edition and thereby increasing the install time and size and we did not have the resources to correct this situation for Express.

If this is an important feature to you, please create an item on User Voice http://visualstudio.uservoice.com that other members of the Visual Studio community can vote on.

Maria [Visual Studio Debugger Team]
Posted by puddlejumper9 on 5/10/2013 at 9:10 AM
basically, they intentionally removed a feature from the free version so that it's that much more inconvenient for you unless you pay. Which, since you haven't bought it already, you probably won't, so there's really no reason for it, other than they just felt like doing so.
Posted by Znork on 10/6/2012 at 10:19 AM
Instead of the "Exception Assistant" in VS2012 Express For Desktop there seems to be a model dialog pop-up. If we can't get the "Exception Assistant" can we at least get rid of this very annoying pop-up somehow?
Posted by omron on 9/18/2012 at 1:28 AM
Hi Marc.

Thanks for answer.
I guess I can get used to using the watch window instead.

But it was a nice feature and I hope you will include it in an update soon.
Posted by Microsoft on 9/17/2012 at 11:42 AM
Hello omron,

Thank you for your feedback. You are correct that we intentionally removed the exception assistant from the WDX sku for VS 2012. In 2012, pro and above are required for this functionality. You should be able to view the exception information in the watch window including the inner exception.

We'll take your feedback and look into possibly adding this dialog back into the express skus in a future release but we have no plans of changing this for 2012 at this time.

Marc Paine
Visual Studio Debugger QA Lead
Posted by Microsoft on 9/17/2012 at 3:50 AM
Thanks for your feedback.

We are rerouting this issue to the appropriate group within the Microsoft Visual Studio Connect Support Team for triage and resolution. These specialized experts will follow-up with your issue.
Posted by Microsoft on 9/14/2012 at 3:50 AM
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