Visual studio 2005 hard crash
Posted on 2013-01-30
System is Windows 7 x64 with all current frameworks and updates. Applcation is Visual Studio 2005 PRO with all current service packs.
VS2005 has been installed and running with no problems for about 1 year. Yesterday, it started to crash unexpectedly during a winforms code edit session. Crash was typically 5-60 secons after starting to edit the code behind the form.
When I say a "hard" crash I mean with no messages or warnings. It simply closes without saving any changes. After the crash the event viewer shows 2 error messages:
1. The remote debugger is unable to communicate with Visual Studio, and must abort the remote debugging session. Please restart debugging.
2. .NET Runtime version 2.0.50727.5466 - Fatal Execution Engine Error (7638C41F) (800703e9)
I do not use remote debugging so the service has always been disabled. I did try and enable and start the service but to no avail.
VS2005 uses three plugins. DevExpress, Visual SVN and HelpAndDoc. These plugins have aslo been installed about a year and have not been updated.
Finally, VS2005 will load, open a solution, compile and execute. The problem is only when trying to edit code/designer. I have reinstalled/repaired VS and this did seem to show some improvement in that the crash was not instant but about 60 seconds after edit starrted.