Missing packages error after updating Nuget packages


I have seen this mainly on Xamarin Forms sample app solutions, but the potential for this issue can happen on any project that uses Nuget packages. 

If after updating Nuget packages in your project or solution, you see an error that references the old package version numbers, such as:
Error: This project references NuGet package(s) that are missing on this computer.

Enable NuGet Package Restore to download them.  

For more information, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=322105.

The missing file is ../../packages/Xamarin.Forms.1.3.1.6296/build/portable-win+net45+wp80+MonoAndroid10+MonoTouch10+Xamarin.iOS10/Xamarin.Forms.targets. (FormsGallery)

In this example Xamarin.Forms.1.3.1.6296 is the old version number that was removed with the Nuget package update.

This can happen if the XML elements in the .csproj file that reference the old package version number had been manually added or edited, Nuget will not remove or update them if they had been manually added/edited, so the project is now looking for packages that have been deleted. 

To fix this issue,  manually edit the .csproj file(s) and delete all of the elements that reference the old version number. 

Sample elements to remove (if they have the old package version number):

<Reference Include="Xamarin.Forms.Maps">

<HintPath>..\..\packages\Xamarin.Forms.Maps.1.3.1.6296\lib\portable-win+net45+wp80+MonoAndroid10+MonoTouch10+Xamarin.iOS10\Xamarin.Forms.Maps.dll</HintPath>

</Reference>

<Import Project="..\..\packages\Xamarin.Forms.1.3.1.6296\build\portable-win+net45+wp80+MonoAndroid10+MonoTouch10+Xamarin.iOS10\Xamarin.Forms.targets" Condition="Exists('..\..\packages\Xamarin.Forms.1.3.1.6296\build\portable-win+net45+wp80+MonoAndroid10+MonoTouch10+Xamarin.iOS10\Xamarin.Forms.targets')" />

<Error Condition="!Exists('..\..\packages\Xamarin.Forms.1.3.1.6296\build\portable-win+net45+wp80+MonoAndroid10+MonoTouch10+Xamarin.iOS10\Xamarin.Forms.targets')" Text="$([System.String]::Format('$(ErrorText)', '..\..\packages\Xamarin.Forms.1.3.1.6296\build\portable-win+net45+wp80+MonoAndroid10+MonoTouch10+Xamarin.iOS10\Xamarin.Forms.targets'))" />

Last Updated: Oct 07, 2016 07:38PM EDT