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Can't open Server Explorer tab

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Here at work I have two computers, on two different networks, with Visual
Studio 2005 Professional Edition, running on Windows Server 2003. I have
not used the second computer much, and this week I had to copy a web
application from one network to the other. I tried to open Server Explorer
on the second computer to configure the database and the tab does not

I try using Ctrl-Alt-S and View|Server Explorer and nothing happens. I
don't get an hourglass, I get nothing at all. I tried Reset Window Layout,
it doesn't help. I tried opening Visual Studio without opening a solution,
still no result.

The only post I found on Google Groups mentioned reinstalling Visual Studio.
I tried repair/reinstall and not only did it try to reinstall EVERYTHING,
the installation failed. I ended up retrieving a ghost image of my hard
drive, but I still have the same problem. I don't think I ever used Server
Explorer on this machine in the past, so there might be some setting I am
overlooking when I set up both machines. My first machine shows Server
Explorer just fine. Any suggestions?

Also, while we are talking about tabs, when I am working on my primary
computer the Properties tab likes to open while I am working. I click the
autohide thumbtack on an off, but the Properties tab won't retract. I end
up closing the Properties tab and one of the tabs (like Call Stack or
Breakpoints) pops up from the bottom of the screen! What is causing this?
Thanks in advance.

Chris Douglas

Jul 5 '07 #1
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Update - I was able to fix the problem by reinstalling Visual Studio. Is
there a less drastic fix available other than spending an hour watching the

By the way, I am still having a problem with the Properties tab popping open
while I am working, sometimes other tabs pop open as well... seems the
AutoHide only kinda works. Any suggestions?

Christopher W. Douglas
Microsoft Certified Professional

Jul 6 '07 #2

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