I work on a variety of test and demo systems and recently stumbled across an oddity with SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS); when I tried to launch it using the shortcut, the splash screen would display, stay on screen for a few seconds before disappearing with SSMS never starting, but no error message appearing or showing in the logs.
If I tried to start it by typing
ssms in a command prompt I received the following error:
I did some exploring and found this article on Stackoverflow which resolved my problem.
Find the Ssms.exe.config file and erase the line
<NgenBind_OptimizeNonGac enabled="1" />: