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I recently noticed a blog article from the Zman that I wanted to link to here to hopefully make it easier to find. The post, located at http://www.thezbuffer.com/articles/541.aspx, provides some behind-the-scenes details about the contents of XNA Game Studio and XNA Game Studio Express .csproj files. The project GUIDs and XNA Framework version information listed in this post can help you determine exactly what version of XNA Game Studio or XNA Game Studio Express a specific .csproj file was created with.
If you run into an error message stating "The project type is not supported by this installation" when attempting to open an XNA Game Studio project in Visual Studio 2005 or 2008 and are trying to figure out how to fix it, the information in this article can be very helpful. Typically, this error occurs when trying to open XNA Game Studio projects for one of the following reasons:
If you run into an error while trying to open an XNA Game Studio or XNA Game Studio Express project on your system, I encourage you to check out this article and use the information listed there to determine the XNA Game Studio version of the project that you're trying to open by looking at your .csproj file in Notepad, then verify that the necessary versions of both Visual Studio and XNA Game Studio are installed on your system.
For reference, here is a list of supported Visual Studio platforms per version of XNA Game Studio: