So I kept getting this really weird “Unable to load Visual Studio Project” basically it was the I’m missing a template error message look in the output. I eventually realize there is a dependency for the web tools in Visual Studio. It doesn’t yell at you when you install Visual Studio 2010 and say “hey you need so and so tools”. So remember guys install the “Web Tools” if you want to do SharePoint 2010 Development or open up old projects. Most people don’t run into this issue because they take the space hit and do the full installation. I don’t like all the junk that comes with Visual Studio. At a minimum you need C#/Visual Basic, SharePoint Templates, and the Web Tools to perform SharePoint 2010 Development. You really only need Visual Studio 2010 Professional.