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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: 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...
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