Visual Studio Community 2019 installation probelms

David Lane-Joynt 41 Reputation points

I have downloaded Visual Studio 2019 and cloned a previous project from GitHub, but the project will not load as VS cannot find the SDK.

I am not a professional developer, I can put together a website based on ASP.NET but find getting the setup working difficult.
I did not realise that VS 2019 would install the SDK, so I separately downloaded the .NET SDK from the Microsoft site.

From the list of Apps in settings I appear to have two SDK's installed
Microsoft .NET SDK 5.0.403 and
Microsoft .NET SDK 5.0.403 from Visual Studio

My PATH environment variable has C:\Program Files\dotnet\ and there is a file dotnet.exe in the folder C:\Program Files\
there is also a file dotnet.exe in the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\dotnet but I don't know if this is relevant

I have run the command dotnet --info and this gives a lot of runtimes as being installed but says that "No SDKs were found"

So I appear to have two SDKs installed but neither Windows 10 (in the dotnet --info command) or Visual Studio can find them.

Any help to resolve this would be much appreciated

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  1. Anna Xiu-MSFT 23,576 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @David Lane-Joynt ,

    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A!

    According to your description, it seems be caused by multiple .NET installations on your system.
    C:\Program Files (x86)\dotnet\dotnet.exe (x86——no SDK)
    C:\Program Files\dotnet\dotnet.exe (x64——Microsoft .NET SDK 5.0.403)

    You can remove c:\Program Files (x86)\dotnet\dotnet.exe from System Variables Path and try again.

    For more details, you can also refer to the similar issue:

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