Unable to find the requested .Net Framework Data Provider. It may not be installed

This usually means that a provider specified in one of your web.config connection strings is not installed on your machine. In my specific case the offender was this…

<add name="MyContext"  
    connectionString="Data Source=|DataDirectory|myDatabase.sdf"
    providerName="System.Data.SqlServerCe.4.0"/>

I needed to install SQL Server Compact 4.0
The same error will crop up for various other providers also.

Guy Harwood

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