Browse the GAC with Windows Explorer

I have always used the command line to be able to get files out of the GAC, which is a real pain. Recently I found this post which after using the following registry entry, allows you to browse the GAC with windows explorer.  Very nice!!   As an added bonus you can now browse to a file in the GAC and include it in a Visual Studio project!

;To go back to the original view, set this back to dword:00000000



  • Even easier, just Start->Run C:\Windows\Assembly\gac then go "up" one directory.

    The downside of your method is you then have to use gacutil to add/remove assemblies property (you can do it manually, but MS recommends you do not)

  • Thanks dotnetboy2003 for info!

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