Visual Studio Executable File Location

Where is Visual Studio located?

It is not immediately obvious where the location of the IDE Executable is for Visual Studio, however they all follow the same format so if you can find one you can find the others.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio XXX\Common7\IDE

Where XXX is equal to the Visual Studio major version number.

2005 – 8.0
2008 – 9.0
2010 – 10.0
2012 – 11.0
2015 – 14.0

If you are using Express, you are looking for WDExpress.exe and if you have Visual Studio Pro/Ultimate you are looking for devenv.exe

The location of C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio XXX\ is also home to many programmer relevant tools to aid in software development.

If you have individual Express IDEs they will be located in

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio XXX\YY

Where YY is your individual language folder. You will also be looking for YYExpress.exe in this location.

C++ – VC
C# – VC#
VB.Net – VB

Registry fix for KB311409 Outlook Safe Mode

Who does this affect?

Windows users who have received Microsoft Update KB3114409 and use Microsoft Outlook 2010.  Seems to be mostly the users with 32 bit Microsoft Office on 64 bit machines.

What is happening?  How can I know if I am affected?

Outlook 2010 displays an error regarding Safe Mode and is unusable.

How to fix?

Microsoft recommends to uninstall the KB114409 update and reboot in order to fix this bug.

A potentially faster method to fix this was submit on Reddit by user Trulyvexed.

December 9 I applied this fix as a group policy object to ensure that in the event this glitch occurs again, it will be automatically fixed upon rebooting.


Registry Fix

  1. Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe) as Administrator
  2. Open Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (HKLM)
  3. Navigate to the registry path of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Security
  4. Create a new Registry Key named DisableSafeMode of type sz_DWORD
  5. Assign new key value to 1 as Decimal
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 but with the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Security
  7. Fully close Outlook and ensure it is not running
  8. Open Outlook to find that the glitch is gone


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