Visual Studio 2008 Crashes When You Stop Debugging After Rearranging Windows

I don't know what caused it... but somehow I managed to get Visual Studio 2008 in a state where it would crash if I tried rearranging debug and properties windows, etc and then later stopped the debugger.  Not only did it crash, but the app hung and would only close if I opened Task Manager and killed the devenv.exe process.

I started hunting and found this hotfix on MSDN, but then noticed in the comments a nicer solution to try before applying the hotfix.  The solution is simple:
  1. Start debugging
  2. Window >> Reset Window Layout
  3. Stop debugging
This worked great for me... your mileage may vary.  If it doesn't work, try downloading the hotfix.


Anonymous said...

seems to work. Thanks for the fix.

Unknown said...

Great, worked for me, thanks.