vswhere now searches older versions of Visual Studio

One of the top requests I kept hearing for vswhere was to also search older versions of Visual Studio. You can now do that starting with the latest release. Even if you don’t have Visual Studio 2017 or newer installed – which means the query API is not even registered – you can use vswhere… 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

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 for many… Read more

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 during repair, servicing, and even uninstall. This was… Read more

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 can expect. And check… Read more

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 a blocking error and only allows the install to be canceled…. Read more

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, like some other products, only supports installing… Read more

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 full product functionality. Click here to see the most common issues… Read more

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 only upgrade… Read more