Fix: The type initializer for ‘Microsoft.DataTransformationServices.Project.SharedIcons’ threw an exception. (Microsoft Visual Studio 2012)



After some automatic Windows updates, I was unable to open my SSIS projects in Microsoft Visual Studio 2012.

The following error was shown: The type initializer for ‘Microsoft.DataTransformationServices.Project.SharedIcons’ threw an exception.


After a google search, I found the following solution at:



Download and install


(The hotfix is 780MB, say what?!)




  1. Edel Custodio

    I had updated SQL Server to CU9 and I still have the same problem.

    My SQL Server version is 11.03412 and Visual Studio 2012 Update 4

    Please, help me.


  2. andrew

    I have the same issue as Edel. Visual Studio 2012 Update 4 which can’t create a project. I’ve uninstalled / re-installed the application and it’s still bricked.

  3. Jeff

    Thought I’d share for anyone else who had this problem. One of my co-workers was having this issue in VS 2012 SP5. A lot of the SQL 2012 hot fixes were for much older versions so we installed SP3 for SQL 2012. Everything started working just fine after that.

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