After weeks long considerations, finally I decided to give my development machine a fresh Windows installation using the Windows 10 version 2004 media. First time in my life, I opted GPT for Windows and switched to UEFI with secure boot.
While restoring my .Net project files, I noticed that the entire copying process getting hanged up while trying to copy “aspnet_client” folder from the backup disk to new location.
aspnet_client is a symbolic link to system_drive:\inetpub\wwwroot\aspnet_client folder, that is created within a project when SAP Crystal Reports for Visual Studio is referenced in a VS solution. I’m not sure whether the same symbolic link is created while using other 3rd party tools.
As my Crystal Reports experiments were recent and had multiple difficulties to get it finally work through my projects, immediately I setup IIS, which in turn created the “inetpub\wwwroot\aspnet_client” path on my box.
Next attempt, I was able to successfully copy the solutions to my box without any issues. It looks like, while symbolic links are used, the copying process tries to verify the paths & if the path doesn’t exist, process gets locked up.
If you are ever getting locked up trying to copy “aspnet_client”, I hope you will come across this post and happily end up with your tasks.