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Windows 10 update kills Visual Studio 2008 project access

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For starters, I really DO have to keep using VS 2008.  And since there seems to be no way to stop Win10 updates, I need to know how to deal with the problem where my VS 2008 projects are inaccessible after the Win 10 creators update (and accessible once again after I revert back to the previous build for the 50th time).  When I try to access any of my projects, I get an error like this:

Unable to read the project file 'ecotScan.vbproj'.
C:\Users\Tim\Document\visual Studio
2008\Projects\ecotScan\ecotScan.vbproj(722,61): The imported project
"C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\Microsoft.CompactFram
ework.VisualBasic.targets" was not found.  Confirm that the path in the
<Import> declaration is correct, and that the file exists on the disk.

Of course, what is MOST frustrating is that they are messing up their own product...but somehow I doubt MS is real concerned about that little fact.  So unless there IS a way to completely stop the Win10 updates, I'm hoping someone can tell me how to once again access my VS 2008 projects after the creators update is forced onto my PC.  TIA
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This morning I got a guy on chat at MS who says that these Win 10 updates will quit happening if I disable these two in services.msc:

Background intelligent transfer service

Windows update services

I feel sure I've done the 2nd one in the past, but not the 1st one.  I guess time will tell.

They also told me to call 800-936-4900 or -5800 about the VS problem, but it sounds like this solution at the link is what I need.  

Why they messed up their own software is probably one of those questions that will never have a good answer ;(
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Thanks for the update. The services will return eventually. And if long enough goes by, you will create a security risk for not updating.

See if the VS solution link you posted yields an answer for you.
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