Sitecore 7.5 to Sitecore 8 Upgrade Error – speak.client.initialize.layout

After upgrading from Sitecore 7.5 to Sitecore 8.0, when I tried logging into the editor, I was confronted with this error:


Server Error in '/' Application.
Could not get pipeline: speak.client.initialize.layout (domain: )
Description: An unhandled exception occurred. 
Exception Details: System.InvalidOperationException: Could not get pipeline: speak.client.initialize.layout (domain: )
Source Error: 
Line 17: </head>
Line 18: <body class="sc @bodyClass">
Line 19:   @Html.Sitecore().InitializeSpeakLayout()
Line 20:   <div class="sc-list">
Line 21:     @this.Html.Sitecore().Placeholder("Page.Internal.BeforeGrid")

The Sitecore upgrade wizard looked like it ran successfully, but as the error mentioned Speak, I thought I’d install a clean Sitecore 8 instance and copy the speak assemblies and config files in my webroot. The speak config files can be found in: ‘App_Config’ -> ‘Include’


The speak assemblies are found in the ‘bin’ folder:


After overriding these files in my webroot, the content editor ran without error 🙂

Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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