Installing power tools kills explorer. Sometimes when I start up my computer Explorer crashes and restarts. Sometimes I boot with nothing but a black screen and a mouse pointer (no start menu, no nothing).
Uninstalling power tools fixes everything.
Based on other reviews, interference with explorer has been reported multiple times. I look forward to a fix so this package will be worth installing instead of being a huge waste of time.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT INSTALL TFS Power Tools if you often hibernate or sleep your computer. A few minutes after resuming your computer, TFS Power Tools will cause Windows Explorer to respond very slowly and often hang. Event Viewer will show hundreds of warnings and errors from TFSShellExt per minute since the time your computer was resumed. If you are quick enough you can open Task Manager and kill the TFS processes and wait a couple of minutes for Windows to return to normal, otherwise you'll have to restart your computer.
This problem has been discussed online and reported to the TFS Power Tools Team and still nothing has been done about it. Despite being a great tool otherwise, any productivity you would have gained by using it is voided by that nasty bug.
Whilst the functionality is useful, this plugin invariably causes Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) process to run at 100% CPU, effectively rendering the PC unusable until Explorer is killed. Whatever the problem, it needs to be fixed.
When I installed VS 2013 and did not find the clone build and wildcard find option I wasn't happy at all. These are nice little productivity tools. TFPT provides that and a lot of other work item modification capabilities. A must have for any TFS Admin!
I am getting error while trying to make any changes to TFS workflow through Power tool. Recently we have upgraded TFS from TFS 2012 to TFS 2013. I was using Power tool without any issues in TFS 2012, but it started failing with below error when I tried to make any changes in TFS 2013. Please let me know which version I should use.
I am running Power Tool in Visual Studio 2012 and have installed Power Tools below version on my machine.
Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 Power Tools (version : 11.0.60507.0)
Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools - Update 2 (12.1.00402.0)
Microsoft Visual Studio
Failed to save the 'Product Backlog Item' Work Item Type to the server.
TF223006: You cannot modify the definition of a work item tracking object with your version of command-line tools as they are not compatible with the Web services for Team Foundation Server. Contact your system administrator to determine how to upgrade your installation of Team Explorer to a version compatible with Team Foundation Server.
Is there a way to modify the default Power Tool icons displayed in Windows Explorer? For example, the pencil icon indicating an edit is too subtle to be noticed. Previous source control tools I have used have displayed the equivalent icon in red making it clear that you modified the file. Also, there is no difference between the pencil icon that the file is locked and that the file has been modified.
Another feature of a previous source control tool that I have used is that the top level folder indicates if any files beneath it have been modified. This is useful to know if you have modified anything in the file structure beneath.
I'm using Win8.1. VS2013 Pro. After installing version: 12.0.60919.00 and coming out of hibernation, my system was kept so busy with hard disk activity that I had to power off/on to get back it. I inspected the Event log and saw several TFSShellExt alternating Error/Warning messages per minute. I got work to do so I just uninstalled it, I do not have time to figure out why.
I'm seeing this too, first with Win8.1 RC then with fresh install of Win8.1. I'm pretty sure I saw it before with Win8.0, but not nearly so frequently. Explorer busies-out the CPU and gobbles all available memory; if you can get Task Manager open in time you can kill Explorer.exe and recover, but it's quite inconvenient!
The event log is full of TFSShellExt errors and warnings, just as Byron Adams notes.
This smells a lot like the problem brilliantly diagnosed and documented by Martin Kulov over two years ago, coming down to an incorrect implementation of the IDisposable pattern in TfsComProvider.Core.TfsCache.CachedServer, in which Finalize() calls Dispose(), but Dispose() is referencing managed objects that have already been cleaned up, resulting in a null reference exception:
I'm sure this specific bug has been fixed by now, but could there be something similar lurking in the codebase?
The same issue after resuming from hibernation these days. Even keyboard/mouse stop working. But I found Remote Desktop from other computer can change current desktop into login screen, and keyboard/mouse works there. (But the Remote Desktop client still cannot get into the desktop) I choose to restart at login screen. That's better than power reset...
I found a way to kill exploere.exe from remote computer, using
"taskkill /s (ip) /im explorer.exe" (From Windows 8) or "tskill explorer /server:(ip) /a /v" (from Windows 7). But I only use it twice, it seems need to connect Remote Desktop too...?
Just found this tool has update at 2014/4/3, but not seem from VS update notification... I have tried install new version and resume once... Not eating memory this time... Hope it's been fixed...
This tool update to 12.1.00402.0 at 5/13, but the download file seems just the same with previous one... And problem still the same...
I found another workaround, run msi - Modify - uncheck Windows Shell Extension (x64) then restart...
TFS Power Tools 2015 has no issue on "Windows Shell Extension" by my experience. I have VS 2015 installed. I don't know whether you can install 2015's "Windows Shell Extension" if you don't have VS 2015 installed. Anyone can give it a try and report here.
With support of Git projects in TFS2013 and unavailability of REST api for TP creation for 2013 it seems the only viable option for automatic project creation is your 2013 Power Tools.
Unfortunately you have not yet updated it, although it seems pretty trivial and low-cost - just to add this value in validation of input xml and command-line option:
private const string CSccCreateTypeNewGitRepo = "NewGitRepo";
Unfortunately I cannot do it myself as project is not open-source.
with hope you do this very soon,
I've installed the 2013 Power Tools and can't seem to find tfpt.exe. I've searched all folders under C:\Program Files\Microsoft Team Foundation Server 12.0 and C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools with no luck.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
I'd like to see more options to view fields with tfpt workitem.
Currently, one can use tfpt workitem <id>, but it outputs every single field and field value. if I'm interested in only certain fields in a list (not tabular) format, I would like to specify those to only have those reported.
For example, to list only titles:
tfpt workitem %id% /collection:%uri% /fields:title
To list attachments:
tfpt workitem %id% /collection:%uri% /attachments
or maybe: tfpt workitem /listattachments %id% /collection:%uri%
Is there a release date for this same set of tools for Visual Studio 2015... Specifically the windows Shell integration, this is a fabulous tool and would love to have it in Visual Studio 2015.
Hope it can resolve previously reported "Made my system unuseable after resuming windows" issue. The "Windows Shell Extension" feature makes explorer.exe to eat a lot of memory after resume from hibernation.