Does The Manifest Definition Of The Located Assembly Match The Assembly Reference In C#?

This error occurs when an assembly that your application is referencing does not have the expected version number or public key token.

Here are some steps to resolve this issue:

  1. Verify the assembly reference: Double-check if the assembly you are referencing is the correct version and has the correct public key token. Ensure that the referenced assembly matches the version mentioned in the assembly reference.

  2. Check the project reference: If the reference is within the same solution, make sure that the project reference is correct. Remove and re-add the reference to ensure it is pointing to the correct assembly.

  3. Check the GAC (Global Assembly Cache): If the referenced assembly is installed in the GAC, verify if it has the correct version installed. You can use the Gacutil.exe tool (available in the Windows SDK) to check the GAC for the assembly.

  4. Update the reference: If the assembly reference is outdated or incompatible, update it to the correct version. You can either download the updated version from the vendor or use a package manager like NuGet to fetch the correct version.

  5. Clean and rebuild the solution: Once you have verified and updated the reference, clean and rebuild the solution to ensure that the changes are reflected properly.

  6. Check the application configuration file: If you are using a configuration file (e.g., app.config), ensure that the assembly binding redirects are correctly defined. If required, update the config file with the appropriate binding redirects to point to the correct version of the assembly.

  7. Check for any code changes: If you recently made any changes to the codebase or project structure, verify that the changes have not caused any inconsistencies in the assembly references. Ensure that the referenced assembly is being loaded correctly.

If none of the above steps resolve the issue, further investigation might be required, such as checking for any third-party libraries or dependencies that might be causing conflicts.

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