In SharePoint 2010 Enterprise I'm trying to visit the Variation Labels page at ".../_Layouts/VariationLabels.aspx".

When I load this page I'm confronted with the following error:

An unexpected error has occurred. 

Troubleshoot issues with Microsoft SharePoint Foundation. 

Correlation ID: ac92d8e4-7454-4898-a4bf-f97e14ca612b 

Date and Time:

Next I search for this correlation ID in the ULS logs and find:

System.ArgumentException: List 'Variation Labels' does not exist
 at site with URL 'https://sharepoint.company.com'.   
 at Microsoft.SharePoint.SPListCollection.GetListByName(String strListName, Boolean bThrowException)    
 at Microsoft.SharePoint.WebControls.SPDataSourceView.GetList(SPContext context, SPWeb web, Guid listId, String listName)

Is anyone here familiar with this error and In how I should solve it?

  • 1
    could you please double check and make sure the Variation Labels exist in the site collection.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Jun 16, 2014 at 15:10
  • @WaqasSarwarMCSE How can I verify if the Variation Labels exist in the Site Collection?
    – TempaC
    Jun 17, 2014 at 8:32

2 Answers 2


you can try to fix variation label and here is the link how to do it:

stsadm -o variationsfixuptool 
          -url <absolute web URL> 
         [-label <label to fix or spawn>]



In my case this error occurred since non-default language was selected during root site provision.

It seems Variation labels application page retrieves Variations List by its title and expects Variation Labels value.


Update Variations List title to Variation Labels. The below example demonstrates how to update Variations List title using CSOM.

How to modify Variations List title using SharePoint CSOM

public class VariationsManager
    public static List GetLabelsList(ClientContext context)
        var rootWeb = context.Site.RootWeb;
        context.Load(rootWeb, w => w.AllProperties);
        var varLabelsListId = new Guid(rootWeb.AllProperties[VarLabelsListIdKey].ToString());
        return rootWeb.Lists.GetById(varLabelsListId);

    private const string VarLabelsListIdKey = "_VarLabelsListId";

using (var ctx = new ClientContext(webUrl))

   var varList = VariationsManager.GetLabelsList(ctx);
   varList.Title = "Variation Labels";

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