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Recently I installed Microsoft Office 2013 on my laptop. I first did a complete uninstall of the existing Office 2010 installation using a hotfix from Mircosoft.
After this installation I realized that Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 no longer starts. I need this to develop Reporting Services reports as our RS server is still running on SQL 2005. I tried doing a repair, but when I look up the vs_install.msi file it tells me the location is unavailable. This version of VS came installed with the SQL Server installation on my laptop. It's the Premier Partner edition.
Anyone have any idea how I can get this to work again without having to re-install half my laptop?
Thanks.
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first you should try to find out why it doesn't start. look into the event viewer (eventvwr.exe) or post error message you get. if you don't get a proper error you should open a cmd command window and navigate to the folder where the devenv.exe resides (it is below 'Program Files' or 'Program Files x86'). then call devenv.exe from there, which might give a more specific error in case some dll is missing or has wrong version.

for vs2005 there is a download in msdn available which would install the environment for clients (you also should have a redist folder below your vc folder where the files are available for redestination). it is not impossible that the uninstall of office 2010 has removed some of those files from system32 folder (syswow64 on a windows 7/8).

if that doesn't help, i would expect your uninstall and office 2013 setup have set a "restore point" which would allow to go back before the installations.

if that is not an option,  or doesn't work you would need a dvd installation of vs2005 (or vs2008 what i would prefer). then you should use the dvd setup (after uninstalling vs2005 completely) rather than a .msi file which points to folders that no longer were available.

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Thanks Sara, will give that a whirl.
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by:Koen Van Wielink
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Hi Sara,

Was not able to get any more error messages to find out where things go wrong, but eventually I managed to get things going again by installing VS2005 SP1 from the MSDN site. Initially it didn't seem to work, but I think a restart and registry clean up did the trick afterwards.
Thanks!
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