If you are coming from Google, I’m sure that you are having problems that Visual Studio 2008 keep on crashing without showing any message or error when you are trying to open the resource files, XAML or the properties page of your project.
If you look at Event Viewer, you will see this error message “.NET Runtime version 2.0.50727.3603 – Fatal Execution Engine Error (7A036050) (80131506)”
Here is the screenshot that I took when I was having this error.
If you click on Red Icon then you will see the error message in details as below.
How to fix then? Yes. it’s very simple. Microsoft already released the fix for this issue. You can go and download it from this link. As you can see the screenshot below, there are 6 files for you to download. You can download the required files based on your processor. If you are using x84 then you just need to download NDP20SP2-KB963676-x86.exe and Windows6.0-KB963676-x86.msu only.
You downloaded all files and you should get KB963676 folder that contains all six files that you need.
Here is the step for installing this fix.
1. Double-click on NDP20SP2-KB963676-x86.exe. You will see the welcome screen below. Please click on “Next” button.
2. Check “I have read and accept the license terms”
3. Please wait for a while while installing.
4. You will see the screen once installation is completed.
Then, you can re-open your Visual Studio and try to open the resource files or etc. You should be able to open it without any crash. Good luck!
Note: I’m writing this post for documentation purpose so I added full of pictures and detailed steps. I hope people can use it as a reference whenever they are having the same problem with VS.