I want to create an installer for a game which allows for an icon to be put in the Games Explorer for Vista and Windows 7.

I have created the GDF, then built the script for project and obtained the .h, .gdf and .rc files. But I can't compile (using Visual Studio 2010) the .rc file into an executable to be used after that in order to create the installer. I get the following error after I set the executable path:

"Could not load file or assembly'Microsoft.VisualStudio.HpcDebugger.Impl, Version, Culture=neutral, PublickKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified."

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I guess you've seen this, but in case you haven't: msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/… \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 11, 2011 at 6:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ It seems like there may be a file included in the .rc that isn't on your machine maybe from the Win SDK. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 20, 2011 at 23:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ in the solution explorer of your project are all of the references loaded ? (expand the References section of your project and look for ! marked items) ... what language / framework is this game in? C#? Managed C++ ? VB ? (each language can have its own idioms). The file or assembly referenced is a performance debugger. don't know if that helps or not. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 28, 2011 at 6:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ The previous post marked as answer doesn't solve the problem, at least in my case. I get the same error message and have repaired/re-installed VS2010 and also used SP1. Problem remained. Wish I could get around this somehow. -- Chris. \$\endgroup\$
    – user24047
    Commented Dec 16, 2012 at 17:40

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Your issue is not related to inserting a link in the Games Explorer. It's likely a install error. This issue has been reported to Microsoft, and received some attention, but wasn't followed up on. Microsoft has a recommendation for solving this issue:

The file that is reported as missing should have been installed into the correct location when Visual Studio installed. Please try one of the following actions:

As for the question, George Duckett likely provided the most important link already. Which contains step-by-step instructions for getting your game to show up in the windows games explorer.


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