Visual Studio 2012 RTM will not install on pre-release versions of Windows 8

Visual Studio 2012 RTM will not install on pre-release versions of Windows 8

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Symptom

Customers installing Visual Studio 2012 RTM on pre-release versions of Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 may see the following error after launching the setup application:

The .Net Framework installed on this machine does not meet the minimum required version: 4.5.50709.

This is a blocking error and only allows the install to be canceled.

Cause

Visual Studio 2012 RTM is not supported on pre-release versions of Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012.

Resolution

To install Visual Studio 2012 RTM, you will need to install it on Windows 7 SP1, Server 2008 R2 SP1, or install VS2012 RTM on Windows 8 or Server 2012 RTM. If you are an MSDN or TechNet subscriber, you can get Win8 now from the following links:

If you are not an MSDN or TechNet subscriber, you can download a 90-day evaluation of Windows 8 Enterprise to make sure your software or hardware is ready for the Windows 8 launch.

You may also continue to use pre-release versions of VS2012 on supported pre-release versions of Win8, such as VS2012 RC on the Win8 Release Preview (RP).

More Information

See the system requirements on the download page for Visual Studio 2012 for more information.

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  • I see this applies to Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8. Will Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 install on Windows 7 SP1? I didn't it would install on Win 7....

  • @zyvxn, no, Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 is only supported on Windows 8. You can install other editions of Visual Studio 2012 on Windows 7 SP1.

  • The reason being that it supports Metro app development only. You will have to wait for VS2012 Express for Desktop.

  • Hmm. Even VS2012 RC downloaded from www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx Fails with the same error ...

  • @Markus, the requirement mentioned in this blog post does apply to all editions of Visual Studio 2012.

  • Same error.

    But now I can't uninstall VS 2012 on Windows 8 via controle panel due to a .NET error. Windows 8 trial has by default .NET 4.5 on it but the installation of VS 2012 says it is missing.

    :(

  • @valentine, run "winver" from Start->Run. What version and build does it report?

  • I'm having the same problem, here is some info on my situation:

    PC:

    Windows 8 Release Preview, Evaluation Copy, Version 6.2, Build 8400, x64

    .NET versions installed:

    2.0, 3.5, 4.0

    Attempted Installations:

    Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop (x86) - Web Installer (English)

    PROBLEM: The .Net Framework installed on this machine does not meet the minimum required version: 4.5.50709.

    POSSIBLE SOLUTION: I tried to install .NET 4.5 and the following error resulted: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is already a part of this operating system.  You do not need to install the .NET Framework 4.5 redistributable.

    After searching, Windows 8 allegedly includes .NET 4.5, yet I do not see it in the installed list... quite interesting.

    The same problem occurs when I try to install other Visual Studio types...Express...Professional... does not matter which...

    From what someone said above, should I simply wait for the release version of Windows 8 to come out?

  • @Notorious KMS, that is not the Win8 RTM build. You'll need to install Win8 RTM. Pre-release versions are not supported for VS2012 RTM.

  • It is frustrating to see that Microsoft staff leaves a half error message; for example, while trying to install web developer 2012 on Windows 7 I get an error message" Uninstall pre RTM 2012, but does not tell me what applications to uninstall. I am sure they could include that in the error message or leave a link to click - otherwise it is typical Microsoft frustration.

  • @Dabeer Mallik, go into your Programs and Feature control panel and find any instance of "Visual Studio 2012" that has a pre-release suffix like "CTP" or "Preview".

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