“This project is incompatible with the current version of Visual Studio”

Nice error message Microsoft. Why not just say, "Screw off. We don't care about your old projects." This is why I avoid them whenever possible.

However, in this case, it wasn't possible. It was some reference code for the protocol of a new thing I'm working on. It was done in Visual Studio 2013. I'm using Visual Studio 2015.

After doing a bunch of stuff that was totally useless (I am not very strong in .NET), I happened up on this simple solution...

Open the .csproj file in a text editor.






Or, if you need more detail:


<Project ToolsVersion="12.0" DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003">


<Project ToolsVersion="14.0" DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003">

After that it opened with no problem and I was able to build and use the project.

I have no idea what the ramifications of this could be in the long run. If I find any that are adverse, I will write it down here.