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We are developing BizTalk applications with Visual Studio Team Edition and every now and then for some reason the Orchestration Designer is removed from the "Open With" dialog, thus when one double clicks on an orchestration it is opened with the Xml Editor. Although I'm not sure why this happens, I suspected the items in this dialog were configured in the Windows Registry ... and so they were, so to fix:

1) Open RegEdit
2) Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Editors and find the BizTalk Orchestration Designer for us it was under Guid {679b7fd6-2104-42b2-8d87-86dd575fc269}
3) Get the package key Guid, for us this was {2f926337-2bfb-46ab-bbc4-a955ce25ff6f}
4) Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Packages\{Package Key Guid}\SkipLoading
5) Set the SkipLoading key to 0
6) Restart Visual Studio and the Orchestration Designer should show up in the "Open With" list

Does anyone know why the SkipLoading key is mysterously turned on for the Orchestration Designer?

Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 7:55 PM BizTalk | Back to top


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Thank you! What an annoyance when the orchestrations opened in the Xml Editor rather than the designer. For anyone else following these instructions, my Guids were all the same as those mentioned above.
Left by Adam Roderick on Aug 21, 2007 4:06 AM

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Thanks, fix worked. I remember, last thing I did was clicked on error, it opened thro xml editor.
Left by naga on Sep 23, 2007 6:19 AM

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I made the changes specified but still see the same issue.

I have created a SkipLoading dword and set to 0 at
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Packages\{Package Key Guid}

restarted my Virtual PC image . but i still see the issue.


It happened before but when i removed the orchestration from project and readded it, it was fixed. but now its not.

Is there any other way to fix this issue?
Left by vasa on Nov 03, 2008 3:14 AM

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Hi I had the same issue and even with the regedt32 > set SkipLoading key to 0 it wasn't working.

I solved the issue this way:

1) Launch the services console with the command: Services.msc
Restart the "Protected Storage" Service
(make sure it is in the automatic mode and started)

2) Restart IIS with the command : iisreset

3) Reset the Visual Studio loaded packages (in a Visual Studio Command Prompt) with the command: devenv.exe /setup /resetskippkgs

Hoping it helps
David Da Costa @ Avanade
Left by David Da Costa @ Avanade on Dec 22, 2008 9:37 PM

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Only set 3) and a VS restart also work sometime
Left by David Da Costa @ Avanade on Jan 15, 2009 10:26 AM

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Hi,
I was also facing this same problem and fixed it by doing the followiong three steps as David Da Costa said.
1) Launch the services console with the command: Services.msc
Restart the "Protected Storage" Service
(make sure it is in the automatic mode and started)

2) Restart IIS with the command : iisreset

3) Reset the Visual Studio loaded packages (in a Visual Studio Command Prompt) with the command: devenv.exe /setup /resetskippkgs
Left by kumar on Sep 29, 2009 11:19 PM

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Thanks Kumar. It turned out that onl the VS package reset was necessary in my case. You saved me some trouble.
Left by Michel Prevost on Dec 15, 2009 9:07 AM

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Hello,
We used this fix and it worked after my orchestration designer decided to show only XML.

Stephen
Left by Stephen on Jun 15, 2010 7:34 AM

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Thanks a lot David Da Costa ! Your fix worked. Appreciate the help!

-Shaunak
Left by Shaunak on Dec 02, 2010 8:48 PM

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David Da Costa's fix worked for VS 2010. Only one more addition I had to do was select the .odx file -> right click -> select open with.. and then set Biztalk Orchestration Designer as default.
Left by Parag on Feb 17, 2011 5:46 AM

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thanks for solution it worked for me. Just after resetting it value to '0'.
Left by Satendra Bhadouria on Apr 27, 2011 10:21 PM

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David Da Costa's fix worked for VS 2005. Thanks for sharing!!!
Left by Manju RS on Oct 06, 2014 7:14 PM

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In any of the projects in your solution if you have "bin" or "obj" folder included in the project, remove the folders from the project and then try. Orchestration will start opening in the Orchestration designer.
Left by Tarun on Dec 04, 2014 6:48 PM

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Hi,
I was also facing with this same problem and fixed it by doing the followiong: resetting the Visual Studio 2010 (in a Visual Studio Command Prompt) with the command: devenv.exe /ResetSettings
Left by ilyas on Apr 04, 2017 6:33 AM

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