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  • Blog Post: Workaround for when Visual Studio Update says it doesn’t apply

    I previously blogged about a problem some customers were running into that prevented Visual Studio Update from installing. You might see a dialog like the one to the right and an error message that read something like, Update 2 does not apply, or is blocked by another condition on your computer. At least...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...
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