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Dealing with the “Project file must include the .NET Framework assembly …” Error

Pete Brown - 23 December 2008

I was adding a splash screen to my Silverlight project and ran into a sudden compile problem with the ASP.NET web site. The compile error was:

Project file must include the .NET Framework assembly 'WindowsBase, PresentationCore, PresentationFramework' in the reference list.

I verified that the loose Silverlight xaml file was set to just content, with no build action. However, I kept getting that error, even after a clean and rebuild.

So I cracked open the project file, and saw that generator was still listed for the xaml files even though it was blank in the IDE:

<Content Include="ClientBin\Themes\GreenGardenTheme.xaml" >

Changing that to read:

<Content Include="ClientBin\Themes\GreenGardenTheme.xaml" />

while correct, still didn’t fix the compile problem. So I poked around some more and discovered that a PNG file had somehow had its build action set to “Page” when I dragged it from the Silverlight project to the web project. “Page” is reserved for WPF apps. In the Silverlight app, it was set to “Resource”

<Page Include="ClientBin\Themes\GreenGardenBackground.png" />

Changing that back to “Content” in the IDE fixed it.

I noticed that the above error comes up a zillion times in search, so I thought I’d post my own solution here. Hope it helps you out.

posted by Pete Brown on Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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14 comments for “Dealing with the “Project file must include the .NET Framework assembly …” Error”

  1. Felickzsays:
    Reading your book ... 4 in action and just went through the splash page section at the end! All i had to do was add this as content(which you eluded to) and my WinFX exceptions went away.

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