So I followed the following guide. http://zimmergren.net/technical/upgrading-your-sharepoint-2010-visual-studio-projects-and-solutions-to-sharepoint-2013

Once I tried to deploy the solution from visual studio 2013 i got the following error:

Error occurred in deployment step 'Recycle IIS Application Pool': Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

Here's what I've tried so far: -Restarted computer -Restarted vs 2012 -Reset IIS -Reset IIS Application Pool

I've tried all of these and have had no luck! Someone please help me. Thank you!

  • you've been running all these in Administrator mode on a computer having SP2013 installed? Did you tried changing from Recycle app pool to None Apr 23, 2013 at 18:14
  • how would you do that?
    – will
    Apr 23, 2013 at 20:24
  • With the solution package selected check the properties window Apr 23, 2013 at 20:27
  • can't see it, i only see name, active config, description, path, startup object
    – will
    Apr 23, 2013 at 22:21

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Several days ago, Evgeniy wrote on his blog (Russian language), that restart of the Windows Management Instrumentation service helped him (whereas restart of VS and iisreset didn't). Probably it helps you too.

  • hello thank you for your response. unfortunately it did not work.
    – will
    Apr 23, 2013 at 20:26

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