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VB/C# DTF projects fail to build when Microsoft.Deployment.WindowsInstaller is in the GAC #4163
I finally figured out the true source of my DTF build errors. It wasn't a 3.5-3.8 behavior change, it was as described here:
To reproduce build a DTF project and watch it succeed. Then publish Microsoft.Deployment.WindowsInstaller to the GAC and try to rebuild. It will fail.
My suggestion is that the project templates add the Private True element the project files. This would allow newly created projects to compile when the assembly is found in the GAC.