About two weeks ago, I ran into a problem with a game that research said was either a .net or C++ error and that I should remove all of both and reinstall. Didn’t fix the game, gave up for the night and decided to get back to work on a character model in Max 2010 64bit. Except now I suddenly had the side-by-side configuration error message. I’ve been trying to fix this alone for the last two weeks, and have had no luck.
I’ve: uninstalled max and reinstalled as admin, run as admin, removed all c++ entries and .net entries and reinstalled from MS downloads and/or my Max dvd, downloaded CCleaner from Cnet to do a mass registry cleaning, manually edited my registry as per one article, added all hotfixes and service packs, etc etc. I think that I’ve completely removed all associated files and reinstalled them over a dozen times. No go. 32bit runs, but it’s buggy: right click contextual menus often wink out of existence for example. I’ve read that installing another 64bit version of another 2010 Autodesk application would help as this error is usually attached to registration, but I don’t have the funds for that. Any help would be amazing.
Activation context generation failed for “C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max 2010\3dsmax.exe”. Dependent Assembly Microsoft.VC90.OpenMP,processorArchitecture="amd64", publicKeyToken="1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b”,type="win32”,version="9.0.21022.8" could not be found. Please use sxstrace.exe for detailed diagnosis.
I don’t know how, but I hope this helps others out there. Apparently due to my educational license, I was able to download 2011 versions of Autodesk software for free from their Educational Community site. After installing and activating max 2011 and finding that its 64bit version was fully functional, I checked my 2010 version. No more side-by-side error: fully functional again! Due to the “activation context” error message from before, I’m guessing that installing and activating another program does indeed fix this error. No idea how to fix it otherwise though. Hope this helps others out there!