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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 uninstall utility back online

    Four years ago I published a utility to help perform a clean uninstall of Visual Studio 2010 . Before we added package reference counting and related bundles to Visual Studio setup, we couldn’t always be sure which products were still required so not everything was removed. This utility will remove everything...
  • 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 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: Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 CTP3 is Available

    Visual Studio 2012 Update (VSUpdate) is our way of delivering fixes and, in some cases, new features to our VS2012 customers. The latest Community Technical Preview (CTP) is available for download now. See the ALM and TFS blog post for more information.
  • 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: 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: 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 Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate (RC) – formerly known as Visual Studio 11 – is now available for download ! Jason Zander’s blog has a lot of great information on all the exciting changes we have made, including improvements to setup. I encourage you to download and...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Installing across network may slow Visual Studio 2010 and Service Pack 1 setup

    If you are installing Visual Studio 2010 or Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 from across the network and are experiencing slow install times, this could be caused by low network bandwidth and long verification times. How to work around this issue For Visual Studio 2010 RTM, copy the entire contents...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 has shipped

    As announced in Soma’s blog post , Visual Studio 2010 SP1 has been released to MSDN subscribers today and will release to the general public on Thursday, March 10th. We have made a number of significant changes in Visual Studio 2010 SP1 from past releases we hope will make deployment smoother for both...
  • Blog Post: Providing feedback on Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta installation

    By installing Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta now (or tomorrow for general availability ), you have a great opportunity to provide early feedback before we ship VS2010 SP1 RTM. Not only do we welcome feedback on the updates to the product such as the new Help Viewer, performance regressions, and more; but...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta

    If you haven’t seen from Soma’s or Jason’s blog, Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta is available today for MSDN Subscribers and will be available on Thursday for the general public. This service pack contains a lot of performance improvements and a new Help Viewer based on strong customer feedback. You can...
  • Blog Post: Restart Manager functionality in WiX 3.5

    WiX 3.5 provides features to integrate with Visual Studio 2005, 2008, and 2010. But like many add-ins, since new files are being added they certainly can’t be in use by devenv.exe. So when we call devenv.exe /setup as part of our install, the changes may not show up in running instances of Visual Studio...
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