Getting “Error: this template attempted to load component assembly Sitecore.Rocks.TemplateWizard…” ? Try this…

At some point in your early Sitecore career you will likely encounter the following error:

sitecorerockserror

Perhaps you tried uninstalling and reinstalling Sitecore Rocks but still had the issue? Here’s what happened in my battle with troubleshooting.

So I finally went and found the Sitecore.Rocks.TemplateWizard.dll and copied it to:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE\PublicAssemblies

If you have trouble finding where those assemblies are then look where the extension was installed. For me it was starting here

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0\Extensions

Once there I browsed the directories until I found it.

(Others I know have had to copy to Visual Studio 10 and 11 as well)

These steps did fix the issue and allowed the template wizard to run when creating a layout.

If you are still receiving other errors after this you may need to also bring in some other files. What was missing was a good number of other dlls:

  • Sitecore.Rocks.Validation.dll
  • Sitecore.Rocks.Validation.Runner.config.xml
  • Sitecore.Rocks.Validation.Runner.exe
  • Sitecore.Rocks.Validation.Runner.exe.config
  • Sitecore.Rocks.VisualStudio.dll
  • Sitecore.Rocks.VisualStudio.pkgdef
  • (and of course Sitecore.Rocks.TemplateWizard.dll)

After copying these out to the folder mentioned above and restarting Visual Studio, my issue was resolved. Hope that helps.

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