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VS 2017: failure during running mt.exe

tullhead asked
Last Modified: 2020-09-25
On one of my PCs, any new project that I try to create ( MFC C++ ) the build fails with "failure during running mt.exe"  -- even including a brand new simple dialog-based project with no content - freshly created by the wizard.

The solution I have found is to go into properties and turn off the "Manifest File" -- then things work.

Why?  How to repair?
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