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I heard from a customer recently who ran into a package load failure error in Visual Studio 2005 that I hadn't seen before. I want to post the description and workaround for this issue to make it easier for people searching for similar issues in the future.
In this particular scenario, the customer saw a package load failure error while trying to create a Windows Mobile 5 project in Visual Studio 2005. The specific package that failed to load in this case was the Smart Device Project Package.
The customer found a workaround in this MSDN Forums post. Here is the list of steps that will hopefully be useful in resolving this error:
Where to get Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 Where to download the .NET Framework 2.0 redistributable