Dec 18, 2017

Error opening workflows with SharePoint Designer 2013

If you get either of these errors opening a workflow in SharePoint Designer 2013:

"Windows Workflow Foundation, part of .NET Framework 3.0, must be installed to use this feature" or "Server-side activities have been updated. You need to restart SPD to use the updated version of activities"

The solution:

  1. Update your SharePoint Designer to SP1.
  2. Install the Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 WWF (only available on CNET):  http://download.cnet.com/Visual-Studio-2005-Extensions-for-NET-Framework-3-0-Windows-Workflow-Foundation/3000-2383_4-75452399.html
  3. Copy all files from a known working SharePoint Designer installation folder: C:\Users\MYUSER\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebsiteCache\MYSITE\15.0.0.4963 to the same folder on the broken SPD installation.
  4. Restart SharePoint Designer

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