[Solved] Fresh install of Toolkit 5.5, VS 2012 can't build samples due to missing shrUtils

I installed the toolkit 5.5 release candidate on a machine (Windows 7 Pro x64 / Visual Studio 2012 Pro Update 3) that had no previous cuda toolkit installed. Following the instructions in the getting started guide, I had problems at the point where I tried to build the samples using the solution file “ProgramData\NVIDIA Corporation\CUDA Samples\v5.5\Samples_vs2010.sln”

When attempting to build all, or when trying to build any one of the 127 projects in the solution, Visual Studio would fail and pop up a dialog box saying “The project file ‘’ has been renamed or is no longer in the solution.”

When Visual Studio fails, it doesn’t seem to identify which projects are causing problems. But doing a binary search of deleting projects, I found two culprits: 0_Simple/simplemultigpu and 6_Advanced/transpose. The other 125 projects can be built only after dealing with these two projects. Near the bottom of the project files (simpleMultiGPU_vs2010.vcxproj and transpose_vs2010.vcxproj), I found this:

<ItemGroup>
   <ProjectReference Include="../../../shared/shrUtils_vs2010.vcxproj">
      <Name>shrUtils</Name>
      <Project>{F9750D72-D315-4F81-AF1B-10938220FFB3}</Project>
   </ProjectReference>
</ItemGroup>

Simply deleting this ItemGroup from both vcxproj files will fix the problems. Then, all 127 projects in the solution can be built. This is solved for me, now. I have no idea how rare this problem is, possibly caused by something unusual I’m doing, but hopefully if anyone else runs into this problem they can find this thread.

My machine’s Visual Studio Help->About->Installed Products:
Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2012
Version 11.0.60610.01 Update 3
Microsoft .NET Framework
Version 4.5.50709
Installed Version: Professional
Team Explorer for Visual Studio 2012
Visual Basic 2012
Visual C# 2012
Visual C++ 2012
Visual F# 2012
Visual Studio 2012 Code Analysis Spell Checker
AlignAssignments 1.0
AutoBraceComplete 1.0
Code alignment 9.1
CustomDocWell 1.0
Indent Guides 13
NuGet Package Manager 2.0.30625.9003
NVIDIA CUDA 5.5 Wizards 5.5
NVIDIA Nsight 3.1
OptionsPageImpl 1.0
PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2010 1.0
PreEmptive Analytics Visualizer 1.0
Quick Launch Tasks 1.0
SQL Server Data Tools 11.1.20828.01
Git Extensions