Visual Studio 2005 .vcproj files that have a dependency on ATL/MFC will fail to compile, generating an error that required headers files are not found. For example:
Failed to load system project defaults file 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\V6.1\VC\Bin\VCProjectDefaults\ATLStatic.vsprops'. The project cannot load without this file installed. Please re-install the product.
To work around this issue, open the VCProjectEngine.dll.config file, by default located in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\V6.1\VC\bin and change lines containing:
Note, the trailing ‘\’ has been removed.
Windows SDK Team