Tips : devenv.exe Problem

Since I am super busy in my work :P, running devenv.exe from Run menu instead of finding the shortcut of VS 2003 in Start Menu can save me a lot of time. When Microsoft distributed a hundred versions of Whidbey I gladly installed/uninstalled the latest version for checking its new features [along with sending a thousand error report to microsoft .. ]:-))… Unfortunately, after UNINSTALLING Whidbey from my machine I was unable to call “devenv.exe” to launch Visual Studio 2003 coz some of register keys have been changed when I installed Whidbey.So after a lot of effort I found out how to fix this and I am sharing it with you all

Steps to perform ~
1) Open registry editor (regedit.exe)
2) Go to this path
Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\devenv.exe”

3) Check the value of this key.. [ you will see this string ”
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\

4) Change this string to
“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003\


Check : Type “devenv” in run menu… Wow! Visual Studio 2003 is opening…
Hope you will find it useful..

8 Replies to “Tips : devenv.exe Problem”

  1. Hi bro,
    This post is excellent :)
    Now i don’t have to manually D-C on MVS 2005 every time i want to launch it. (because I have 2003 and 2005 in my machine and default is set to 2003 and so i can’t type devenv in run. its really annoying to D-C on 2005 :P )

    Great post. ^-^

  2. ^”I had a similar problem with VS2005 and VS2008 (VS2005 was loading upon using devenv.exe).


    And how did you solve that issue?????

  3. In 64bit XP this path for devenv.exe is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\devenv.exe

  4. i cannot open 2003 as i open it ,it shows the message “devenv.exe has encountered a problem and it needs to close”.what should i do?

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