VS .Net 2003 IDE wackiness

For the past couple of days, we’ve run into this problem at work where
the VS IDE was acting really weird.  If you edited something in
the design window, and went back to the code window, none of the
intellisense features would work.  Also the Undo Checkout feature
wouldn’t work correctly and at one point VS took it upon itself to
check out about 8 to 10 files.  Today was supposed to be build
day, but, needless to say, it got postponed in favour of finding the

We searched high and low and found little if anything about such
things.  Most of what we found was related to Visual Studio
6.  Of course we first (2 days ago) went to the <a
href=”http://msdn.microsoft.com">MSDN</a&gt; site and found
nothing.  Weren’t we not-so-pleasantly surprised when I stumbled
on <a
article</a> today.  Not only does it describe our scenario
to a tee, but it also quotes a <a
href=”http://support.microsoft.com/?id=839293">MS Knowledge Base
issue </a> as part of the solution.

For those of you who don’t have the patience to traverse many websites here’s the solution.

Open the licences.licx file in a text editor (notepad works great). 

Remove any blank lines from it (don’t forget to check the end of the file for blanks) and save.

Restart Visual Studio.

Thank god I found it since I was the last person to check in the licenses.licx file.