It is trying to find a file named "helloworld.exe.intermediate.manifest
" but it cannot find it.
A MS manifest file is used to specify certain resource properties of a program. The most common example I know of is to tell XP to use the pretty XP-style themable window controls when displaying your program.
But before we get that far... make sure you are compiling a console
application. Once you are sure that you are...
Go to where the file should be (in "C:\Documents and Settings\Hal Stanley\My Documents\Visual Studio 2008\Projects\helloworld\helloworld\
" and the "Debug\
" subdirectory) and look to see if there is any file there with an extension of ".manifest
". If so, copy it to a file with the right name and try compiling again.
If not, you can use this one:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" manifestVersion="1.0">
Hopefully that will allow you to compile your project. But the original error remains:
Take some time looking through the project options and make sure you have "use manifest" or something like that disabled for new console projects, or for new GUI projects that you have "generate manifest" or somesuch enabled.
If none of this helps, you'll have to go through MS technical support or find an online forum for it. (I'm pretty sure I found one such forum online once... You might want to try your luck over at http://www.codeguru.com/forum/
Hope this helps.
 Oh yeah, I often find it to be a good idea to manually remove all your folders once you have uninstalled the application and rebooted.