Visual Studio 2015–Toolbox Items missing

Recently, I was using a 3rd party product that had toolbox items.  All was good after installation, then Visual Studio crashed and my new toolbox items disappeared.  Restarting didn’t help.  I came across the following solution which did solve my issue.

To understand the cause of Toolbox issues and resolve them, perform the following steps:

    1. Open the "%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\14.0" folder and remove all .TBD files.
    2. Run the Registry Editor (regedit.exe).
    3. Locate the following keys:

      "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\14.0\ToolboxControlsInstaller_AssemblyFoldersExCache"
      "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\14.0\ToolboxControlsInstallerCache"
    4. Remove these keys with their sub-keys.

    5. Launch Visual Studio 2014 using the following command line:

      In a 32-bit Windows:
      "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE\devenv" /ResetSkipPkgs /log "<my_folder>\ActivityLog.xml"
      In a 64-bit Windows:
      "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE\devenv" /ResetSkipPkgs /log "<my_folder>\ActivityLog.xml"

    6. Open Visual Studio – relaunch and hopefully all is good.


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