ReSharper 4 doesn't like VS 2008 SP1/ .Net 3.5 SP1

 I’m a big fan of ReSharper and lately I’ve been installing the nightly builds which has resulted in a little pain with some dodgy builds but overall I’m still allot more productive. Yesterday I noticed that Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta had been released and as I’d no other VS beta software installed (there are issues with it if you do) I went ahead and tried it out. The installer is very small and downloads the required files before continuing the install. I’m not sure how long it took as I went off to play Grand Theft Auto 4 on the PS3 but about 1 hour later I returned to the laptop to discover that the install had failed. I opened up VS and checked the about dialogue – no mention of SP1 so I left it. This morning when I opened up VS I noticed that ReSharper no longer worked. I downloaded the latest nightly build and installed but still ReSharper didn’t load within VS. Checking the Installed Programs I noticed that .Net 3.5 SP1 was listed (I assume the VS SP1 installer installed this but didn’t uninstall after it failed) and once this was uninstalled ReSharper came back to life. Pity as I was looking forward to checking out some of the bug fixes and performance improvements with WCF which SP1  claims to add. I'm running Vista Ultimate 64 bit but haven't seen any other reports of issues.


Update: 19 May 2008

seems that my install may have failed due to issues with certain KB's see - don't think I'm going to try it again though untill I know R# will work. Some people do seem to have it working (with issues) though

Published 15 May 2008 14:05 by Damien McGivern


# re: ReSharper 4 doesn't like VS 2008 SP1/ .Net 3.5 SP1

16 May 2008 18:53 by holSee

Cheers for the heads up, big fan of the Resharper.  I’ve also been using the Resharper (R#) v4 nightly builds to get the LINQ & XAML support.

It is a pity; .Net 3.5 SP1 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1 are both allot more than a collection of fixes (even thou they include over 100 fixes).

There are such goodies as ASP.NET URLs routing support (nice clean URLs) which allows you to define the syntax of the URL (as seen in MVC), ASP.NET Dynamic Data, improved WPF designer (I’ve had my had my fair share of issues with this past year), “Back Button” support for AJAX enabled web applications... and so much more.

It is more like .Net 4.0 than a simple Service Pack! (Another misleading name)

If you care here is where I heard all about the included new features from better men than I:

Scott Gu:

.Net Rocks Podcasts:

Now I am torn between which of the 2 to choose... R#v4 or VS9 & .NET 3.5 SP1.

I’ve been really digging the Visual Studio integrated unit test runner allot and the productivity and macro support within Resharper for creating new Class from templates.  

P.S. I had a colleague that had to reinstall visual studio 2005 due to a dodgey build (I can’t remember the number of hand but it was a few weeks ago Note: 799 has been ok for me)

R#v4 Nightly Builds: (in case any stray readers are interested)

# re: ReSharper 4 doesn't like VS 2008 SP1/ .Net 3.5 SP1

27 May 2008 21:09 by Tom

Id say it is a service pack Because these are Items that should have been with 3.5 to begin with but were not ready?

# re: ReSharper 4 doesn't like VS 2008 SP1/ .Net 3.5 SP1

05 September 2008 22:46 by Simon Phillips

Installed SP1 last week... had to remove SP Betas using the tool that the installer suggested.

But other than that it seams to be all installed OK, better be cause starting new dev project next week :S

# re: ReSharper 4 doesn't like VS 2008 SP1/ .Net 3.5 SP1

06 September 2008 14:07 by Damien McGivern

ReSharper 4.1 was released recently and offically supports VS 2008 SP1 as well as including a load of bug fixes. see for more details.