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Crystal report .rpt file opening in binary format instead of designer format

I am using Visual Studio 2008. While opening Crystal report .rpt file it shows some binary data instead of the designer file. I tried a lot of installs and uninstall for both 'VS2008' and the 'Crystal report basic for 2008'. But the issue isn't resolved yet.

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    May 10, 2017 at 03:20 PM

    Hi Jithin,

    The binary is because VS doesn't associate rpt files to crw32.exe or in VS it would be craxddrt.dll

    Could be because your PC does not allow ActiveX components to be registered.

    Go to Control Panel and Programs and Features and modify the VS Install. Remove the Crystal Reports plug-in. Now do a repair install of CR 2008 and select Custom and expand the .NET SDK and check it on if it's not on already. And do either and Update or repair option.

    Make sure you are a Local PC Admin and possible unplug your network cable and disable your AV software, it's been known to block the various registry entries the installer must create.

    If that doesn't work then install using MSIExec logging, look on Microsoft's site on how to enable logging, and then look for errors.


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