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VC++ Win32 project in .NET solution compiles as an .EXE file rather than .DLL

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Hi,

I have a .NET solution consisting of a VB.NET Add-In project, a VC++.NET Win32 project which I'm using to store an image for my Add-In in a resource file and the Setup project for this solution.

I opened the VC++.NET's project properties window and changed its "Configuration Type" from "Application (exe)" (which was the default value when I added this projecvt to my solution) to "Dynamic Library (dll)" which is the format I need for my Add-In.

However, to my surprise, every time I compile this project I get an .EXE file instead of a .DLL file!!! I've changed the above property to a lot of different options out of curiosity and it always created the expected output format except for... DLL!!!

I tried to test this behaviour in a few test projects, and it looked like I was playing the lottery... One tested project worked and the output was DLL while a few others stuck with .EXE even if the selected "Configuration Type" was "Dynamic Library (dll)"  rather than "Application (exe)"!!!

Then, when I compile my solution (the add-in, resource file project and the setup project) at a certain point I'm getting the error message "Microsoft (R) Visual Studio registry capture utility has encountered a problem and needs to close".
If I close this message box by pressing its OK button, the setup carries on as nothing happened and compiles all three projects successfully!!!

Could anyone help?

Thanks!!!
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Maybe it is more simple to create new Win32 Dll project than to convert existing exe project?
Generally, such conversion is possible. It is necessary to compare all linker and compler options in Dll and exe projects, and make required changes. But I beleive that creating new Dll us mich better.
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I've recreated the VC++ project directly as a DLL and it worked!
Thanks!
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