VS 2013 Professional - Version 12.0.31101.00 Update 4
All of a sudden, whenever I try to open a project (MVC project or Python project), I get:
The 'ProviderPackage' package did not load correctly.
may have been caused by a configuration change or by the installation
of another extension. You can get more information by examining the
In my AppData\Roaming, there is no 12.0 folder! In AppData\Local, there is a 12.0 folder but there is no ActivityLog.xml file.
When I ignore the message and press F5 to run, after lots of disk movement, Visual Studio simply closes and disappears.
I have repaired a few times and the exact same behavior persists.
When I try to run devenv.exe /setup or devenv.exe /resetuserdata, absolutely nothing happens. No error, no process is launched, nothing. Running devenv.exe without any parameters does launch VS.
What can be wrong? I hesitate to uninstall and reinstall if there is some other solution.
1 day later: Uninstalled VS 2013 and reinstalled, and then applied Update 4.
Problem is still the same for the MVC project: ProviderPackage did not load correctly, and when running project VS closes and disappears.
Last record in ActivityLog.xml says:
<description>An exception was thrown during package instantiation and was caught in the package manager [ProviderPackage]</description>
<hr>8000ffff - E_UNEXPECTED</hr>
Deleting ComponentModelCache from C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\14.0\ComponentModelCache works fine for VS 2015. Note: You will need to close the VS before deleting this folder. Also replace 14.0 with 12.0 for VS 2013
Delete folder ComponenModelCache
that worked for me
Start>Run and use the following commands (if necessary, change the directory according to the installation folder):
cd c:\ c:\>"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe" /resetskippkgs"
Hope this helps...