“Exception in executing publishing” Error in VS2013

After installing a Visual Studio 2013 I started  work on a new web project using .NET 4.5.1. When I attempted to set up a publish profile on it I got the following error:

Exception in executing publishing : Could not load file or assembly 'Microsoft.VisualStudio.Web.AzureAD.Contracts, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublishKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.


Install Windows Azure SDK for .NET (VS 2013) by following these steps:

  1. Go to http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/downloads and on click the “VS 2013 Install” link under .NET category
  2. Download and install the Windows Azure SDK installer which uses Microsoft’s WPI (Web Platform Installer)

Author: Mobeen Anwar

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