XAML editor crashes Visual Studio 2008 SP1

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A week or so ago, I decided to try my hand at a little XAML, so I loaded up VS2008, started up a simple project and created a few forms (or whatever they’re called in WPF speak).

Anyway, I hadn’t gotten but maybe 10 minutes in when VS crashed. Hard crash. No error message, or dialog of any sort, just closed out.

I reloaded the project and tried again. Immediate crash as soon as I loaded up any XAML file.

I let it sit over Thanksgiving (I believe it’s always good to give a system a chance to think about what it’s doing before you really lay into it<g>) and tried again today.

No joy.

So I started researching the issue and came across a pretty active thread about just this problem.

Long story short, uninstall Power Commands for Visual Studio 2008 if you’ve got it installed and have VS2008 SP1. It doesn’t look like PowerCommands has changed since April and there definitely seems to be issues with it and SP1.

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