FIX: Find/Replace Crashes Visual Studio 2008

April 8, 2008

For the past few months, I’ve “tolerated” Visual Studio 2008 crashing whenever I tried to do a Find/Replace.  I’m not sure why… I just did.

Today, I set out and finally found a fix—it’s a known issue, but the patch hasn’t been widely distributed.  The problem revolves around not Visual Studio, but Windows itself—any x64 bit version of Windows.

The full feedback submission on Microsoft Connect is available here.

The solution is to go to this HotFix request site and for the “Product and version affected”, request 947841.  A few hours later, you’ll get an email with the downloadable hotfix and a password to unlock the file.

Unfortunately—NOTHING I’ve found explains what the hotfix resolves, changes, etc, but it works.


  1. Don
    April 10, 2008 at 8:39 am

    I got the hotfix and attempted to install it on a Windows 2008 x64 server running VS 2008 Team Edition. I get “Not enough storage is available to process this command”. The drive has about 930 GB available???

    Proceed with caution with a hotfix that won’t even install…

  2. April 10, 2008 at 9:14 am


    I installed on Server 2003 Enterprise x64 without any issues–maybe a compatibility snafu with Windows Server 2008? I haven’t needed it yet (that I’ve noticed) on my Vista SP1 x64 machine at home. The hotfixes are free for support–I’d suggest calling your regional Microsoft support line, provide the KB number, and see if they have any feedback for that error.

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