ReSharper is not available in Visual Studio after installation

In case ReSharper did not integrate into Visual Studio properly, please follow this guide.


I. There's no 'ReSharper' item in Visual Studio main menu

Possible reason: Check if there is "ReSharper" tab in the "Tools | Options" dialog, and ReSharper is not suspended.

  1. If there's no such dialog or it shows an error, continue to the next Part II of this guide (below).
  2. If ReSharper is shown as 'Suspended' in this dialog, use the "Resume" button.
  3. If the page says that ReSharper is not suspended but yet not running, use "Suspend" and then "Resume" button to retry starting the product. You might see the license dialog if there's a problem with licensing, or the "This pre-release build of ReSharper has expired" message. Follow the instructions in these dialogs to resolve the issue.
  4. If there is "The application was requested to shut down with a ShutdownRequested call" message, please follow

II. There's no 'ReSharper'/'ReSharper Ultimate' tab in "Tools | Options" dialog, or it shows an error

  1. Run Visual Studio with /resetskippkgs command line key (e.g. "devenv.exe /resetskippkgs") or delete "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\{VS_version}.0_Config" branch in Windows registry. 
  2. If '/resetskippkgs' run and deleting the registry branch doesn't help, check if there's folder under '%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\VisualStudio\{VS_version}.0\Extensions\JetBrains\ReSharperPlatformVs{VS_version}' and there are 'extension.vsixmanifest' and 'vspackage.pkgdef' files.
  3. If there are no such files, run 'Repair' on Resharper installation in 'ReSharper Ultimate' installer you used to install ReSharper.   
    • Repairing ReSharper installation can fix integration issues.
  4. If it's still not there and there are some exceptions during repairing process, check and articles about common errors
  5. Run Visual Studio with Local Administrator rights (e.g. 'Run as Administrator').

After trying a lot of different approaches, the one that did the trick for me was to run this as an admin:

        sn -Vr Mono.Posix,0738EB9F132ED756

before running the R# installer.



It worked. Typing "devenv.exe" in Windows 7--> Start menu, initiated Visual Studio 2015. Then, Resharper license window popped up and was able to activate the 30 day trial (in my case).  Thank you. 

Edited by Ben Q.

We (used to) install R# automatically along with a pile of other packages, using Vagrant / Puppet / Chocolatey.   Now we've noticed at version 2017.1.1 that it just doesn't install, and therefore doesn't integrate with VS.

Our workaround was:

  • find the package that Chocolatey downloaded (C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\lib\resharper-platform)
  • Run the R# exe (JetBrains.ReSharperUltimate.2017.1.1.exe), ensuring integration with VS2012

This got us up and running again with VS / R# but isn't at all in the spirit of using Chocolatey to download and install packages for you.

Get it fixed, JetBrains!


I also encountered this, while updating my visual studio with the latest update..

When using /resetskippkgs it works only for the current devenv process but when I open another devenv it doesn't show resharper...

Anything else I can do? I did all the above steps...


After I run devenv /resetskippkgs VS correctly loads ReSharper, but subsequent restarts of VS2017 don't load ReSharper.

VS2015 loads it fine though.

It's about VS2017 Enterprise 15.3.3


@Adrian, I guess you are experiencing the same issue as described here, it looks like VS issue which was introduced in the latest Visual Studio updates. Feel free to follow YouTRack ticket. 






All, I was able to resolve the issue after setting the HKCU\Software\Policy\Microsoft\Windows\Installer\AlwaysInstallElevated registry key to 0.

For more info:

Once disabled, the installer prompted for elevated permissions via UAC and the product worked as expected.

Further reading on how to author WiX packages to prompt elevation:


You are a godsend! I have been trying for a week to get Resharper to load on VS2017 and this solution finally did the trick.  Thanks!

Edited by Ejointer

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