Get a copy of dll in GAC (or) add Reference to a dll in GAC

Sometimes in .net application we need to have a copy of a dll which is available in GAC. But when we view the GAC through C:\Windows\assembly folder or Runà assembly it will show like this

Using this we cannot copy the dll. Only uninstall option is available.

To view the available dll using the naked eye follow the steps

Dot net have a dll file Shfusion.dll which is a Assembly Cache Viewer (Shfusion.dll) is a Windows shell extension that allows you to view and manipulate the contents of the global assembly cache using Windows Explorer. Shfusion.dll is located in the <Windows Folder>\Microsoft.NET\Framework\vx.x.xxxx folder, where x.x.xxxx is the version and build number of the .NET Framework you are using.

  1. uninstall the dll using the following command in the run dialog box.

regsvr32 -u C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\shfusion.dll

  1. Now type assembly in the Run dialog box.
  2. Now you will see the folder view of the GAC. copy the dll you want

To get back to the previous state of view register the Shfusion dll using the following command

regsvr32 C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\shfusion.dll

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