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  • Blog Post: Update does not apply or is blocked by another condition on your computer

    We have investigated reports of some installs of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 reporting that no applicable updates are available even when VS2013 is installed. We have been unable to reproduce the cause in our labs and besides offering a workaround, we would like to ask for your assistance if you can...
  • Blog Post: Incorrect hash value when installing Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

    Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC introduces some cool new features and adds an option to slipstream the install of VS2013 RTM with Update 2 RC , but some attempts to download it have had the following problem. Problem When installing VS2013 Update 2 you see the error or warning message, “The hash value...
  • Blog Post: Error in installation log for Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC can be misleading

    Given many of the exciting announcements and features demonstrated recently at Build 2014 , customers are downloading Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC . This update is quite a bit bigger than VS2013 Update 1 since it contains many new features. A small number of customers, however, are experiencing problems...
  • Blog Post: How to relocate the Package Cache

    Visual Studio can require a lot of space on the system drive . Based on years of data collected from customers’ installations from the Customer Experience Improvement Program , we took advantage of this feature in Burn – the Windows Installer XML (WiX) chainer – to eliminate most errors...
  • Blog Post: Uninstalling Visual Studio 2013 with VSUpdate error: Element not found

    Our first public release of Visual Studio Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 is available . There are, however, a couple of known issues in hopefully uncommon scenarios. Symptom If you attempt to uninstall Visual Studio 2013 after VSUpdate has been installed, you may see an error after a while that...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading Visual Studio 2013 Update to a newer Update may be slow

    Our first public release of Visual Studio Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 is available . There are, however, a couple of known issues in hopefully uncommon scenarios. Fixed We have fixed this in future versions of Visual Studio Update. This post is kept for historical reasons should any...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 shortcuts in Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 made a change for RTM – as some MSDN Subscribers might’ve noticed – where newly installed applications’ shortcuts are not immediately visible on the Start menu. They are still installed and indexed, but you need to either swipe down on your touch screen or click the down arrow as shown below...
  • Blog Post: Windows Installer PowerShell Module 2.2.1 Released

    Yesterday I released servicing update 2.2.1 , which updates 2.2.0 to fix a few bugs and add a few cool new features: You can define the [string] $MsiAttributeColumnFormat variable to dictate how attribute columns should appear. The values you can pass are the same as the enumeration format strings...
  • Blog Post: Windows Installer PowerShell Module 2.2.0 Released

    Years ago I released PowerShell cmdlets (“command-lets”) that make querying product and patch information easy and robust. Windows PowerShell is a powerful shell that pipes objects – not simply text – and provides full access to the .NET Framework as part of the language (though higher-level constructs...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 has Released

    To provide incremental value to our customers, we have released Visual Studio Update 1 and will be notifying all Visual Studio 2012 customers via toast notifications (like you get for VS package updates) soon. Soma’s blog has more information on VSUpdate in general, as well as some of the features you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Installer XML (WiX) v3.6 Released

    The Windows Installer XML (WiX) team has released version 3.6 which, most notably, released a powerful and customizable chainer named Burn . The Visual Studio 2012 setup applications were built on Burn using features such as package caching , reference counting , and sticky patching to improve the overall...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 RTM will not install on pre-release versions of Windows 8

    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...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 can only install to certified Windows To Go drives

    Windows To Go is a cool new enterprise features to enable a mobile workforce to carry around an enterprise-managed installation of Windows on a USB thumb drive. However, only certified thumb drives appear as fixed drives and, therefore, Visual Studio 2012 can only install to certified drives. VS2012...
  • Blog Post: A certificate chain could not be built to a trusted root authority

    This was a preview of a Knowledge Base article which has been published as KB2746268 . Symptom After Visual Studio 2012 has been installed, the finish page displays the following: Setup Completed However, not all features installed correctly. Please correct the following problems to ensure...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading from Visual Studio 2012 RC to RTM

    Now that Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5 have been released , some customers are wondering if they need to uninstall the Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate (RC) first before upgraded. In general, the answer is “no”. VS2012 RC will upgrade to RTM, but there are a few things to note: You can...
  • Blog Post: Detection keys for Visual Studio 2012

    Administrators and developers who need to detect if Visual Studio 2012 is installed on a machine can use similar keys as those used for past releases like Visual Studio 2010 . In general, these detection keys are always found in the 32-bit registry hive with a pattern like: Core product: HKLM\Software...
  • Blog Post: How Visual Studio 2012 Avoids Prompts for Source

    Requiring source packages during installation , repairs , and even uninstall are common occurrences for some customers. The core issue is that Windows Installer needs the source location of the package and its files to install - and can't find them automatically - when attempting to restore the machine...
  • Blog Post: Easier Authoring for Slipstreaming Patches

    Slipstreaming Windows Installer patches is, technically, installing the MSP simultaneously with the MSI as a single transaction. This is, effectively: msiexec /i D:\product.msi PATCH=D:\patch.msp The applicable transforms (both the authoring changes and patch transforms) are applied to the MSI and...
  • Blog Post: New Revision of the July 2012 Update for Visual Studio 2012 RC

    We have released a new revision of the July 2012 Update for VS2012 RC . This update replaces – or supersedes – the previous update , which means the download link is the same. We have retained the previous packages that VSUpdate installs – or chains – to support customers who may still require source...
  • Blog Post: July 2012 Update for Visual Studio 2012 RC

    A few months ago we introduced a new method of delivering updates to Visual Studio 2012. Today we published updates in the same manner for Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidates. You can download the July 2012 update (KB2703187) for VS2012 RC from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=257044 . More information...
  • Blog Post: How to fix “Invalid License Data” after upgrading from Visual Studio 2012 Beta to RC

    A few customers have reported the following error after upgrading from VS2012 Beta to the Release Candidate (RC): Invalid License Data Reinstall is required. Aaron Marten on the Visual Studio Extensibility team has a post describing how to fix this issue . This should only happen if...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Windows Installer XML v3.6 Release Candidate

    On a day of many great Release Candidate (RC) announcements , I should not forget another important RC milestone: Windows Installer XML (WiX) v3.6 RC . We’ve made a lot of improvements, simplified some scenarios, and fixed a lot of bugs. Download v3.6 RC and give it a try and let us know if you find...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 11 Beta Updates

    Today we announced a new method of delivering updates using a notification system many Visual Studio developers should be familiar with: the Visual Studio Extension Manager. Developers will now be notified in Visual Studio when updates are available. When the notification balloon is clicked, Extension...
  • Blog Post: Why Visual Studio 11 Requires Space on the System Drive

    Users have asked why space is required on the system drive (typically the C: drive) when they choose to install Visual Studio 11 to another drive. While Visual Studio 11 does allow you to install the majority of features to another drive, VS11 still requires space on the system drive for the following...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Visual Studio 11 Beta

    Along with the release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview , we have released Visual Studio 11 Beta and Jason Zander has announced many of the great new and improved features in VS11 Beta. We have also introduced a new setup experience with VS11. Setup is built atop Burn, the Windows Installer XML engine...
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