If you use Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition and tried to create a new C++ Win32 project like a console application you might get frustrated because you get stuck in an endless loop of the create dialog. I faced this myself when I was in need of creating a small console application and started to doubt myself about my skills of using an IDE.
In fact that seems to be a bug which is quite annoying. Somewhere on StackOverflow there is a solution which didn’t work for me but at least it shows that I’m not the only one who faced this issue.
While I tried messing around with the options on the dialog itself like use precompiled headers and stuff like that nothing worked. I also run the repair mode as described here in this solution on StackOverflow but nothing helped. I ended up uninstalling Visual Studio and install it again which also didn’t solve the problem. The solution is so easy that it is nearly annoying. The problem are not the plugins, extensions or any other options. The problem is that I downloaded the german version of the Visual Studio installer and installed the language pack after that, since I love working on an english IDE.
So what you can try is the following:
- Fire up Visual Studio
- Before creating a C++ project go to Tools -> Options and expand the environment tab. Find the International Settings entry and change the language back to the installation language before you installed the language pack.
- Now simply create your C++ project and voila everything works as expected
- After creating the project feel free to change the language back to english or whatever language pack you have installed.