Dragging & Dropping Files into Visual Studio Projects

I don’t know how many of you use this feature but for some time I’ve been having the problem of not being able to drag files into my Visual Studio projects.

It’s true that you need this feature, it’s true that it’s available, but why did this happened?

Well, it turns out that for some time now, I’ve been running my Visual Studio Team System 2008 in Windows Vista with elevated permissions (aka. Run as administrator).

For some security related issues related to UAC, Visual Studio can’t allow you to drag files into your projects when it is running as administrator. I just discovered that… It may be pretty obvious to some of you but it wasn’t to me for sure.

So, I’m now running my Visual Studio without elevated permissions and drag files into projects are enabled again. The drawback, you can’t access websites hosted in IIS, or at least I have that problem now.

Please feel free to comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and probably we could all get all the features from Visual Studio up and running.



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