Recently I faced a situation where I created a managed COM add-in, based on the Shared Add-in template in VS 2008, which didn’t work at all. The configuration I work with is:
- Windows XP with SP-3
- Office 2003 with SP-3
- VS 2008
I had no issue to create the managed COM add-in but when I debugged it didn’t work as expected. All the entries in the Windows registry seemed to be OK but it didn’t show up in the dialog for COM add-ins in Excel 2003. In addition, no error messages appeared so it was a ‘silent’ error.
The solution to the issue is to install the KB908002 fix. However, if we run the exe package it first check to see if VS 2005 is installed or not. To overcome this process we need to decompile the exe package and then install the MSI package on its own.
I have made the MSI package available for download here.
Have anyone else experienced any issue with VS 2008?