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How to browse GAC folder structure, add pdb files easily

April 27, 2011

Just a short tip, how to browse the real directory structure of the GAC (Global Assembly Cache) instead of the built-in explorer view:

Under the Start menu select “Run…” and enter the following path: C:\Windows\Assembly\gac (you can even write it in the Search Programs and files search box)
This opens a GAC subfolder but just go one level up in the folder hierarchy to the Assembly folder and you can browse it using the traditional folder view.

Now you can add pdb files to the GAC easily 🙂

Note that if you have an existing explorer window open and paste this path to its address bar it won’t work. It will give you the following error:

Windows can’t find ‘C:\Windows\Assembly\gac’. Check the spelling and try again.

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