Visual Studio 2017 Create Strong Name Key File


When trying to create a strong name key file for your project, in this case a UWP project, in Visual Studio 2017, and probably previous versions too, you may get an error message, once you click OK in the Create Strong Name Key dialogue box.

CreateStrongNameKeyWindows-VS2017

The operation could not be completed message box.

TheOperationCouldNotBeCompletedDialog

It turns out that all I needed to do, was to run Visual Studio as an administrator, and it worked. It’s the actual signing with the password that requires this, as you can create a key file without a password, and the signing will work without running VS as an administrator.

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