Mixed mode assembly is built against version 'v2.0.*' of the runtime and cannot be loaded in the 4.0 runtime without additional configuration information

In this post we will see how to fix the exception due to mixed mode assembly while working with version 4.0 of runtime.

Background

I was working with a project which uses an older mixed mode assembly and I got an exception like mixed mode assembly is built against another version of the runtime and cannot be loaded in the 4.0 runtime without additional configuration information. When I was able to fix this, I felt like this should be shared with all so that people can save their time.

Using the code

Mixed mode assembly is built against another version of the runtime and cannot be loaded in the 4.0 runtime without additional configuration information.

If you are using .net version 4.0 there can be a chance of getting an error like this.

Additional information: Mixed mode assembly is built against version ‘v2.0.50727’ of the runtime and cannot be loaded in the 4.0 runtime without additional configuration information.

This error happens because of the support for side-by-side runtimes, .NET 4.0 has changed the way that it binds to older mixed-mode assemblies. These assemblies are, for example, those that are compiled from C++\CLI. Currently available DirectX assemblies are mixed mode.

How did I fixed it

To fix this, You have to add the below settings to your App.config file under configuration tag.

<startup useLegacyV2RuntimeActivationPolicy="true">
    <supportedRuntime version="v4.0"/>
    <requiredRuntime version="v4.0.20506"/>
</startup>

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Libish Varghese Jacob

Libish Varghese JacobI am currently working as a lead engineer in one of the leading wind turbine manufacturing firm. I have wide range of interests and getting my hands dirty in technology is one among them. I use this platform primarily as my knowledge base. I also use this platform to share my experience and experiments so that it might help someone who is walking the way I already did. The suggestions expressed here are the best to my knowledge at the time of writing and this may not necessarily be the best possible solution. I would pretty much appreciate if you could comment on it to bring into my notice on what could have been done better.