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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 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: 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: 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...
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