Metro on Windows 8 - Illegal characters in path

As I was developing my first Metro App today I came upon this weird error.

Error    1   Error : DEP0600 : The following unexpected error occurred during deployment:  
Illegal characters in path.  
   at System.IO.Path.CheckInvalidPathChars(String path, Boolean checkAdditional)
   at System.IO.Path.Combine(String path1, String path2)
   at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ImmersiveProjectServices.Shared.AppxLayoutManager.CheckPackageLayoutState(DeployPackageName deployPackageName, String location)
   at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ImmersiveProjectServices.Shared.LocalDeployJob.GetLayoutState(DeployPackageName deployName, Boolean hasFrameworkDependencies)
   at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ImmersiveProjectServices.Shared.RegisterAppxLayout.Start(Boolean forceNewLayout, Boolean forceRegistration, NetworkLoopbackState desiredNetworkLoopbackState, Boolean refreshLayoutOnly, String& packageMoniker, String& firstUserAppID, Exception& deployException)

Not knowing what to do, because the error is vague and cryptic. I decided to throw a hail mary pass and remove the application I was developing from the start menu. And lo and behold this was the problem. I know this is still a beta framework and everything, but can the Windows team please throw us a bone and put in exceptions that actually mean something.


Just uninstall the application you are developing from the start menu.

Nick Berardi

In charge of Cloud Drive Desktop at @Amazon, Entrepreneur, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, co-founder and CTO of @CaddioApp, Father, and @SeriouslyOpen host