Posts tagged ‘Visual Studio 2008’

Visual Studio Fix: Intellisense Not Popping Up or Not Working

(Update 4/27/2015 Added intellisense failure)

I was running the latest version of Visual Studio 2013 and ran into the intellisense not automatically popping up when I would type a period. Now I could hit CTRL-J (list members) and it would pop up the list which showed me that it worked and was not dead per se, but I still did not have it automatically popup after typing a period. I was also running Visual Studio 2012 on the same box and it did not have the same problem; intellisense popped the list up on the period. I thought, “This ends here” and researched it. Here is what made it auto pop for me:

  1. In quick launch type “Statement Completion” and choose the first one  “Text Editor -> All Languages -> General” to be taken to the options page for all languages.
  2. On the general options page in the “Statement Completion” section override whatever is in the boxes “Auto list members” and “Parameter Information” and makes those checked. Such as shown here:

Statement Completion


That brought back the auto popup for me in VS2013 and should for you as well.  This fix should work with any version of Visual Studio 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Still having problems? Then see Using Intellisense on MSDN for other troubleshooting suggestions.


It has been reported that ASP.Net users are experiencing a different kind of intellisense failure. If it is web related intellisense look into installing Visual Studio Web tools.  See

Announcing release of ASP.NET and Web Tools 2013.1 for Visual Studio 2012


Visual Studio 2008 Database Project: Unable to drag multiple SQL Scripts

I am running into this issue with Visual Studio 2008 Team System SP1 database project. It will allow me to drag one script but not multiple. I am publishing this to my blog to investigate, so let me explain.


I have a database project with an active connection to the database and a few scripts. My goal is to drag my scripts as shown below to the active instance (a SQL Server 2008 instance to be exact)

Database Target

If I highlight one sql script and drag it to the instance and I get this message:


It works and the script executed after I select yes. Note the text on the dialog, it clearly talks about multiples queries/scripts. Plural!


The problem arises when I select multiple scripts and drag them. At that point I am not allowed to drop:


Does anyone reading provide insight? Thanks!


Windows 7: Getting SQL Express to Work with Visual Studio

Here are some of the tips and tricks required to get SQL Express working with Visual Studio 2008 under Windows 7.

SQL Management Studio

Why they don’t supply this with the install of Express is beyond me. But you will need it to solve a problem in a future step so I recommend you download it. Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express Note check for a newer version than the one at the time of this writing.

Before you actually install it, do the next section first.

User Account Control Not Just For Vista

This situation actually affects most of the older install programs when it comes to the UAC. The user account control will have an install quietly fail an install and provide no warning to the user that it was the UAC. For example if you run the install for SQL Management Studio with the default UAC settings in Windows 7 this is the error you will get:

The installer has encountered an unexpected error installing this package. This may indicated a problem with this package. The error code is 29506.

The UAC will never come up with any warning either.

So change the UAC settings to be minimal (search for UAC in the start bar and select Control Panel –> Change User Account Control Settings) and set to minimal settings.

Install the Management Studio Now.

Connecting to the Database Complains about .Net…WHAT?

Once you attempt to connect to the sql express database VS2008 will complain such as:

Execution of .NET Framework code is disabled.

Set "clr enabled" configuration option and restart the server.

I love this error because it implies you need change Visual Studio’s setting. Oh no, its the SQL Express Server setting. To add insult to injury one cannot use Visual Studio’s SQL editor to execute the change! It has to be done from management express.

Wow…as a new developer that has to be a challenge. Microsoft gives the tools such as express, but makes it impossible to use out of the gate.

To resolve the problem open up SQL Server Management Studio Express, open up the instance of SQL Express and run this command:

EXEC sp_configure 'CLR ENABLED' , '1'

Once run find Sql Server Configuration Manager in the start program menu and by right clicking the “SQL Server (SQLEXPRESS)” instance restart the service. At that point you should be able to go back to Studio and run the application. HTH