Visual studio 2010 express won't load -- can't find mspdb100.dll - by The Bard of Chelsea

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Type Bug Repros 0
Opened 11/8/2013 7:00:47 PM
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My PC is an HP laptop running 64-bit Win 7.   Until recently I have been successfully using VS C++ 2010 to develop simple Win32 apps.   Suddenly, it became corrupted and started producing Release applications which run OK in the IDE but not when invoked from a desktop shortcut.   (Until recently, they did. So the issue is not something I am doing wrong in that regard.)

In desperation I completely uninstalled all VS and SDK apps via control panel, then downloaded from and installed afresh.  

A snapshot of installed programs (displayed by Control Panel / Programs and Features) is available upon request.  

The reinstall created a desktop icon with these properties:

Target:  "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\VC\bin\bscmake.exe"
Start In:  "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\VC\bin\"

Upon clicking this icon I receive the following error message:

"The program can't start because mspdb100.dll is missing from your computer.
Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem."

I have found many other posts describing this bug but no valid solutions.  
The file mspdb100.dll exists, has size 236KB, is dated 3/19/2010 12:21 AM, and resides in directory 
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE.  

What gives?  
I might also ask, why are downloads from Microsoft websites so often flawed and incomplete?  
There appear to be a host of 3rd party websites out there claiming to fix Microsoft deficiencies. 

Thank you in advance for attending to this issue.  
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Posted by Microsoft on 11/10/2013 at 7:36 PM
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Posted by Microsoft on 11/8/2013 at 7:51 PM
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