# VS 2022 New Console App project will not build - Microsoft.NETCore.App dependency exclamation point

1 Reputation point
2022-02-08T17:57:27.113+00:00

I installed VS 2022 Community, but when I create a new Console App (.NET 6) the entire "Dependencies" section in the Solution Explorer shows an exclamation point
I can't build the project or do much of anything

I've tried...
removed other versions of VS (2019)
reinstalled VS2022
"dotnet restore" in the project folder
moved "C:\Program Files\dotnet\" PATH value to top of list
restarted my PC after each of these steps

I'm running Windows 10 Enterprise (20H2)

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1. 31,741 Reputation points
2022-02-08T20:54:34.677+00:00

right click on the dependency and open folder. the ref folder inside should have the dll's.

if the folder is missing, then you probably need the sdk installed.

dir C:\"Program Files"\dotnet\packs\Microsoft.NETCore.App.Ref\6.0.1
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 3267-69D9

Directory of C:\Program Files\dotnet\packs\Microsoft.NETCore.App.Ref\6.0.1

01/14/2022  11:34 AM    <DIR>          .
01/14/2022  11:34 AM    <DIR>          ..
01/14/2022  11:34 AM    <DIR>          analyzers
01/14/2022  11:34 AM    <DIR>          data
01/14/2022  11:34 AM    <DIR>          ref
0 File(s)              0 bytes
5 Dir(s)  184,519,589,888 bytes free


2. 1 Reputation point
2022-04-15T00:59:52.79+00:00

I have the exact same problem on my end!

3. 1 Reputation point
2023-01-02T01:49:56.207+00:00

I had the same problem. I could not find the "AlwaysCreate" property they mentioned, but I did manage to find it when I opened up the ".vdproj" file with Notepad and did a search for it. So you need to change the value frpm "FALSE" to "TRUE" in "AlwaysCreate" = "11:FALSE". There are multiple of them, so make sure you change them all.