Choose Items in Visual Studio Toolbox close / crash Visual Studio

It happened a few times before and it happened again. This first time it happened to Visual Studio 2008 sp1. When I tried to choose items in Visual Studio toolbox, Visual Studio crashes. I tried a usual cure:

devenv.exe /resetsettings

In this case, you need to back up all your settings and then restore them. Usually, it helps, but not this time. Of course, I tried right click on a toolbox and did:

Reset Toolbox

As usual, it didn’t help. Finally, IĀ found a solution. You need to run Visual Studio in safe mode.

devenv /safemode

Then try to do Choose Items in safe mode. Click on each tab. Press ok on any errors and you are done.

Posted on December 14, 2008 by


Posted on 4/15/2009 09:45:29 AM by Dennis

Thank you. Just what I needed.

Posted on 6/21/2009 04:02:48 AM by St.Vab

I need answer
What kind of answer you need?

Posted on 9/27/2009 10:41:35 AM by Mummy

If you intalls PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008, you should unintalls it and try again

Posted on 4/12/2010 05:00:16 AM by Mallikarjun

HI I try to open the visual studio in safe mode but it does not solve the issue, the solution gets terminated if clicked on choose toolbar items is there any work around for this.

Thanks in advance,


As far as I know there is no other solution, except to reinstall Visual Studio. Did you open your command line “As Administrator”? If not try it. So, when you execute devenv /safemode it would be in “as administrator” mode too.

Posted on 6/8/2010 02:29:05 AM by Shanthi

Please use the below command line utilities to reset the visual studio settings.

devenv /setup

devenv /resetuserdata

devenv /resetsettings CSharp