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Cannot load reference assembly Error 13 .NET 4.0 SvcUtil

Just ran into this nice error while trying to generate a proxy using the SvcUtil and /reference option in a .NET 4.0 Project.

Error    13    Cannot load reference assembly 'C:\MySource\bin\Debug\MyReference.dll'   

The solution makes total sense as the current version of SvcUtil is for .NET 3.5 only.

You can get around this by changing your path to:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0A\bin\NETFX 4.0 Tools\svcutil.exe

Alternatively you can download the latest Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4

And then change the SvcUtil path to:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.1\bin\NETFX 4.0 Tools\svcutil.exe

Hope this helps someone.

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