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An application i wrote is throwing the error (in my application Log):

 Could not load file or assembly 'Microsoft.Contracts, Version=, 
   Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=736440c9b414ea16' or one of its dependencies. 
   The system cannot find the file specified. 

I've registered the assembly in the GAC so i'm not sure where it's looking for this. Is there any way to find out where it's looking or maybe to get a stack trace for the error?

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Run SysInternals (Microsoft) ProcessMonitor (here) to see which file it's looking for.

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