SharePoint Debugging : Determine which worker process to attach while debugging

Most of the times, during SharePoint debugging,we see that while trying to attach to process “w3wp”, many process with same name are listed.

How to determine which process we need to attach to? As the dialog box does not contain Application Pool details. Follow the steps given below to easily identify the correct worker process.

  1. Open the Command Prompt with Administrative Privilege
  2. Change the directory to c:\Windows\System\Inetsrv
  3. run “appcmd list wp“. It would list all the worker processed with ID and application pool information:


4. Find out process ID associated to the web application pool you want to debug.

5. Go back to Visual Studio “Attach to Process” dialog box and associate to correct process with ID we got in Step # 4.

Happy Debugging!!!!


Dlls not deployed to GAC – SharePoint 2013, Visual Studio 2012, .Net FW 4.5

​When you create a SharePoint 2013 project in Visual Studio 2012 and I want to deploy it, it deploys fine, but DLL is not in the Global Assembly Cache.

We check for assembly in c:\windows\assembly but it does not appear there. Don’t panic!!!

Assembly folder for .NET 4.0 and up have changed to c:\windows\\assembly

VS2012 C# compiler issue solution

If you encounter problem while creating new project in VS2012 on 2013 VM, follow steps given below:

Error: C#2012 compiler could not be created

Solution 1:
Check the following settings:

Tools->Options->Text Editor->C#->General->Auto list members

Tools->Options->Text Editor->C#->General->Parameter information

Also check

Tools->Options->Text Editor->C#->Intelligence->

Show completion list after a character is typed


Tools –> Import and Export Settings -> Reset all Settings


Instead of changing it for only C#, change it for all the languages

Tools > Options > Text Editor > All Languages

Solution 2:

Run following command on VS2012 x86 Native Tools Command Prompt

gacutil /u Microsoft.VisualStudio.CSharp.Services.Language.Interop

If you are unable to delete the assembly, follow steps given in