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Why is ADO.NET not showing in Set Datasource Location?

I am using Crystal Reports 2013 Support Pack 7, CR Developer.

Under "Set Datasource Locations", I cannot get ADO.NET to appear. This is a requirement for the reports I will be creating.

I have tried a few solutions from online forums.

These didn’t work: adding a custom config file to the directory, uninstalling 2.0 .NET Framework, modifying CR Designer to include ADO.NET, uninstalling and reinstalling Crystal Reports.

I have all the latest .NET frameworks included and optional with Visual Studio Community 2017. I don't know what else to do. Please let me know if you require more information.

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    Apr 20, 2018 at 07:46 PM

    Hi John,

    Is it possible you did not select ADO.NET when installing? You can check by going to Programs and Features on you computer and select uninstall/modify.
    Select modify and see what shows for ADO.NET


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    • that's the correct location and version number for CR2013 SP07.

      I'm not sure why it would not show up in the Designer. Is the resource file there as well (crdb_adoplus_res_en.dll)? I believe that is where the text "ADO .NET" comes from in the database window.

      Try running ProcessMonitor from Microsoft and see if there is any failure opening the crdb_adoplus.dll.

  • Apr 20, 2018 at 06:29 PM

    Hi John,

    I've never seen that before, it's always there.

    Maybe this google search is the answer:


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