RibbonGenerator an Express Editions

Jul 5, 2011 at 10:10 AM


I'm using Visual C# 2010 Express. I have the Windows 7 SDK and C++ Express installed. When I used an older version (no Ribbon Generator then) everything worked fine.

Now, when I try to compile the RibbonGenerator I get a some errors:

  • Type- or Namespace "Service Provider" cannot be found.
  • VsShellUtilities is not available in the current context.
  • Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell cannot be found

...and some more. I don't know the exakt error messages, I translated them from German.

So has anybody an idea what went wrong?

Best regard,


Jul 5, 2011 at 1:18 PM


it seems that in RibbonGenerator project the Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.dll is not referenced correctly. Please have a look at your Solution Explorer for project references.

Best regards,