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I believe Visual Studio 2010 was the latest and greatest (compared to VS2008 and prior). Well, after a clean installation of VS2010, as I tried to launch the program I received the following error  (on a dialog box)

Error:

SetSite failed for package [Microsoft.Practices.RecipeFramework and a dialog box Object reference not set to an instance of an object

The above doesn’t explain much !. I tried running Visual Studio from a command prompt using the log switch
devenv.exe /log
This logged the activity trace of launching Visual Studio under …\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\ActivityLog.xml

On reading the error log, I noticed the following two lines:

SetSite failed for package [Visual Studio Component Model Host Package]
SetSite failed for package [Microsoft.VisualStudio.Labs.SolutionNavigatorPackage,

Etc

… and this time something in the event viewer:

Faulting application name: devenv.exe, version: 10.0.30319.1, time stamp: 0x4ba1fab3
Faulting module name: ntdll.dll, version: 6.1.7601.17725, time stamp: 0x4ec49b60
Exception code: 0xc0000374
Fault offset: 0x000c380b
Faulting process id: 0x11f8
Faulting application start time: 0x01cd60b0bd3f8235
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
Report Id: 1576fd49-cca4-11e1-8bd9-001cc48a5099

Solution:

This happens because of Visual Studio is trying to load extensions that do no exist on the machine !.  To resolve this, navigate  following registry key, and make sure all directory locations exist under the given paths:

Navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\ExtensionManager\EnabledExtensions

And directory paths exist on your machine. Screen shot as follows:

A far better resolution could have been out-of-the-box in VS 2010 (dev.exe). Just disable the extension if path does not exist (thanks MS!)

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