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I am trying to build my project with visual studio online.

I am getting the following error:

C:\a\src\.nuget\nuget.targets (71): The task factory "CodeTaskFactory" could not be loaded from the assembly "C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\12.0\bin\amd64\Microsoft.Build.Tasks.v4.0.dll". Could not load file or assembly 'file:///C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\12.0\bin\amd64\Microsoft.Build.Tasks.v4.0.dll' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.

This is coming from the nuget.targets file in my solution.

<UsingTask TaskName="SetEnvironmentVariable" TaskFactory="CodeTaskFactory" AssemblyFile="$(MSBuildToolsPath)\Microsoft.Build.Tasks.v4.0.dll">


            <EnvKey ParameterType="System.String" Required="true" />

            <EnvValue ParameterType="System.String" Required="true" />



            <Using Namespace="System" />

            <Code Type="Fragment" Language="cs">


                try {

                    Environment.SetEnvironmentVariable(EnvKey, EnvValue, System.EnvironmentVariableTarget.Process);


                catch  {






I have updated nuget.exe to the latest and have not changed anything in nuget.targets.

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Problem is that some of your class libraries in the solution are having the default value :

Change this ToolsVersion="12.0" to ToolsVersion="4.0".

It shall work.

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