Visual Studio 2008 Explorer and Designers Package fails to load


Package Load Failure

Package ‘Visual Studio Explorers and Designers Package’ has failed to load properly ( GUID = {8D8529D3-625D-4496-8354-3DAD630ECC1B} ). Please contact package vendor for assistance. Application restart is recommended, due to possible environment corruption. Would you like to disable loading this package in the future? You may use ‘devenv /resetskippkgs’ to re-enable package loading.


The components required to enumerate Web references are not installed on this computer. Please re-install Visual Studio.

Here’s the step that won’t be obvious…. (and of course, may not apply to your situation).

Remove the Source Analysis Tool for C#. I had installed it a little more than a month ago (as you might recall here).


Things are back working again. You may return to your normally scheduled duties.


  1. Actually, this error mesage could be coming from from any VS extension package – not just Stylecop. But in the case of Stylecop (Sopurce Analysis) version 4.2 it could create this problem. We have fixed it in the soon to be release version 4.3.

  2. Exactly the problem I have. Thanks!

    You can uninstall Source Analyst or install the newer version of it (ver 4.3) to fix the problem

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