KBEA-00136 - Visual Studio is missing the Electric Cloud menu

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The VS IDE Add-in is installed, but the Electric Cloud menu is missing and the Tools menu item is corrupted (shows "Electric Cloud").

The add-in may throw an exception similar to the following:

3:Error: Adding Build menu item: Could not load file or assembly 'stdole, Version=7.0.3300.0,

Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.


This occurs because the add-in requires stdole.dll to be installed and registered.


  1. Close all instances of Visual Studio.

  2. Uninstall the add-in from Control Panel.

  3. Open a command prompt and register the DLL manually (Adjust the path to gacutil.exe accordingly.):

    "%PROGRAM_FILES%\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0A\Bin\gacutil.exe" -i ""%PROGRAM_FILES%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\MSEnv\PublicAssemblies\stdole.dll"

Run Visual Studio and check if the Electric Cloud menu is present.

  1. If Step 3 doesn’t work, install the Office 2003 Update: Redistributable Primary Interop Assemblies from https://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?DisplayLang=en\&id=20923

  2. Run:

    devenv.exe /ResetSettings

This resets the menus.

  1. Re-install the add-in and run Visual Studio.

Applies to

  • Product version: VS IDE Add-in