Trying to open a file into VS 2005/2008 … never works from Explorer

So I have a file on disk, web.config in this case, and I right click and pick ‘open with | Visual Studio 2008’ … and I get this:

 

Windows cannot find ‘C:\projects\9\web.config’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.

[OK]

 

VS 2008 opens, but no file. If I then pick the file from File | Open it works fine… what the hell? As far as I can remember, this was true with VS 2005 and it has annoyed me every day…

Author: Duncan Mackenzie

I’m the Developer Lead for the Channel 9 team, formerly worked on MSDN as a developer, content strategist and author.

2 thoughts on “Trying to open a file into VS 2005/2008 … never works from Explorer”

  1. Yup, that problem really sucks. I actually think it’s Windows related. I never had the problem when using VS2K5 on Windows XP, but once I switched to Windows Vista it’s always happened (even after VS2K5 SP1 and VS2K8). 🙁

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