CrystalDecisions.Web – could not load assembly, etc.

VS 2008 givin’ ya grief cuz it can’t find that nifty Crystal Reports viewer?  You need to install Crystal Reports Basic 2008!  You know…the one that is supposedly packaged with Visual Studio 2008?  The “embedded” one?  Yeah!  That one!

Here’s where I finally tracked down my copy:
https://smpdl.sap-ag.de/~sapidp/012002523100009351512008E/crbasic2008sp1.exe

That long string of numbers + E is probably a session number or something.  If it asks for an identity, just smile and nod and click OK.  Why they put free stuff under an https site is beyond me.  But then again, so is the fact that I have to go to some German website to download something that’s supposed to come with my IDE.

I really had to dig for this one.  Some folks might be lucky enough to have an installation file in “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A\Bootstrapper\Packages\CrystalReports10_5”, according to this thread on MSDN.

There’s also “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Crystal Reports\CRRedist\IA64” but  I ain’t got one of them fancy 64 bit processor doodads.

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