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We have a SQL Server 2012 and SMSS 2012 installed. The C:\ recently ran out of space due to a misconfiguration, and now we have 1 user who cannot start SMSS they receive the error:

"Cannot find one or more components. Please reinstall application"

However when I login with my domain admin account, I can start SMSS perfectly fine. We are both in the server Administrator group. I have also "repaired" the SQL Server tools (which includes the SMSS app) on the box with no change in behavior.

Is there a log file somewhere I can check to see why SMSS will not start for this one user?

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Perhaps something in their documents\user data profile got corrupted. If you've fixed the space issue, then I suggest running a repair on the application (or installing a newer version - you can manage SQL Server 2012 with SSMS 2014 or newer, and it's free - installation instructions in this answer). However it may still end up being hosed because of that user's profile - if so, as a next step, you could back up their files and re-create their profile (though I do concede that this will force you to lose a lot of their other settings etc).

  • Thanks Aaron, I've run the repair and still same results. (Works for me and not him). Im going to delete his user profile and see what happens. I'll update in a few with results. – ProfessionalAmateur Sep 23 '14 at 18:03
  • Next would be upgrading to SSMS 2014 (and optionally just removing SSMS 2012). In fact I might try that before messing with the user's profile. – Aaron Bertrand Sep 23 '14 at 18:05
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    Deleting the users profile did the trick. Thank you for the assistance! – ProfessionalAmateur Sep 23 '14 at 18:16

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