Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 Crashes On Startup – It Might Be GitExtensions' Fault

by Oliver 23. February 2015 22:49

Lately, I've been having a hard time with my Visual Studio installation because one day it just out of nowhere started crashing during startup.

Starting VS with the /SafeMode flag avoided the crash but wasn't of much help to do major work since all my R# syntax highlighting and refactoring tools are not available in safe mode.

First Try: Reset All Your Settings

The first time I encountered the problem I found this answer on stackoverflow.com  helpful which suggests to:

  1. Reset all your Visual Studio settings by calling devenv /resetsettings from a command line prompt or after hitting the Windows key.
  2. Delete the folders %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\VisualStudio and %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\VSCommon

Second Try: Uninstall GitExtensions

Today, VS started crashing again and I was just happy with resetting all of my fine-tuned settings AGAIN. Luckily, a google search brought up this thread on the NCrunch forum and since I use NCrunch for test execution I went to have a look

Here's what Simon had to say there:

I'm thinking the problem was a GIT plugin installed by GitExtensions - I've read other reports about it causing problems, so I've removed it and things seem stable so far.

To verify whether this was true in my case I just went ahead and uninstalled GitExtensions via the Control Panel – and Visual Studio would happily start again! What a relief.

But I Still Want To Use GitExtensions…

After uninstalling, go get the installer again (did you know there's a standalone version without msysgit and kdiff?) and during install unselect all the Visual Studio plugins like this:

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UPDATE: Keep Even GitExtensions' VS Plugin!

A commenter to my answer to the VS crash problem on stackoverflow suggested that unchecking the option "Show current branch in Visual Studio" in GitExtensions under Tools –> Settings –> Appearance fixed the VS crashes for him:

git-ext-branch-vs

I used this hint to reactivate the GitExtensions VS plugin on my machine as well, because I use some of its features quite often.

Now, you should be good to go! I'll try to get back to work now while my VS is running…

Happy coding!

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Steven Robichaud
Steven Robichaud Canada
6/12/2015 4:12:36 PM #

Deleting the .suo file is normally sufficent to get visual studio running again. At least for my projects. A little note though is that this file might be hidden, I had two files with v.11 and v.12, the v.12 one was hidden and was the one I needed to delete. Then bam the project loaded properly.

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