Cleaning up corrupt Visual Studio instances

A small number of users are seeing errors after installing or modifying Visual Studio 2017 like the following, Sorry, the installation failed. Please try again. This may also manifest in some cases as, A product matching the following parameters cannot be found: channelId: VisualStudio.15.Release productId: Microsoft.VisualStudio.Product.Enterprise If you open the latest %TEMP%\dd_client*.log file you may… Read more

Removing Visual Studio components left behind after an uninstall

When you install Visual Studio and related content like Windows Kits or some add-ons, most packages that comprise those bundles are reference counted to make sure they are not removed prematurely. Uninstalling Visual Studio and related content should eventually remove those packages (i.e. last one out the door turns off the light). Contrast with older… Read more

How to install Visual Studio to another directory when a pre-release is installed

If you’ve installed pre-release versions of Visual Studio – or even another edition of the same release – you may find you can’t change the installation target directory. This is because once a set of shared components is installed, we install all the other components to the same directory structure. When you have multiple editions… Read more

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 reads “Element not found.” VS2013… Read more

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 users have problems upgrading from pre-release versions… Read more

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 you upgrade a “higher” Beta edition to a “lower”… Read more

Verify the ISO checksum for Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 before installing

While we recommend installing Visual Studio 2010 SP1 using the web download – which only downloads and install those packages needed on your machine – you can also download an ISO for offline use. If you downloaded the ISO for VS2010 SP1 from the Microsoft Download Center or from MSDN Subscriber Downloads, please verify the… Read more

Verify ISO before burning or mounting Visual Studio 2010 RC

If you have downloaded the Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate (RC) from MSDN or the Download Center as an ISO and are having problems installing it, it could be that either the ISO wasn’t downloaded correctly or that it wasn’t burnt to DVD correctly. On the installation error dialog, you will find a link to… Read more

ATL Security Update KB971092 still offered on Microsoft Update

A security update for ATL, KB971092, is currently offered for Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 customers who have Visual C++ installed. If Microsoft Update is continuously offering this patch to you, you may need to clear up some disk space. The patch is 365MB and contains headers, libraries, and executables for most of Visual… Read more

VS 2008 SP1 fails to install because of missing packages from the cache

Some customers are reporting that Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1 is failing to install with the following error in the HTML log you can view from the error dialog. Patch (C:UsersheathsAppDataLocalTEMPWebDesignerCore_KB950278.msp) install failed on product (Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007). Msi Log: Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1_20080816_141317516-Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007-MSP0.txt Final Result: Installation failed with error… Read more