Unable to open a setup project in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 on Windows 7 64 bit

I work on multiple computers using different operating systems.
When I tried to open a web service solution in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 on my Windows 7 64 bit workstation I got the following error message:

“The project file … has been moved, renamed or is not on your computer.”

visual studio 2010 unable to open project long path

I could verify that the file was on my computer at the stated location, and I could open the same solution in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 on a Windows Server 2003 32 bit machine. I have recreated the setup file on my Windows 7 64 bit machine, and everything looked all right, but when I closed the solution and tried to open it again I got the same error message. I have counted the length of the full path of the setup project and I got 153. As it turned out, the path was not too long.

The following steps solved the problem, but I still don’t know why:

  • Removed the setup project from the solution
  • Renamed the setup project file by changing one character of the file name (not the extension)
  • Re-added the setup project as an existing project

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