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
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=5555 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.
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.