Visual Studio Setup

Installation and containerization of the Visual Studio family of products

Redirect the Package Cache using registry-based policy
Redirect the Package Cache using registry-based policy
Visual Studio can require a lot of space on the system drive, and previous methods of redirecting the Package Cache can be tricky for some people to set up or even maintain as junctions across volumes may be removed on boot. The cache is there for good reasons and has significantly reduced the failure rate, but for people with smaller system ...
Detection keys for Visual Studio 2015
Detection keys for Visual Studio 2015
Administrators and developers who need to detect whether Visual Studio 2015 is installed can use similar registry keys as with past releases. This time around, though, we’ve made some changes to the lineup of products but the registry scheme remains the same. Most of the detection keys are found in the 32-bit registry hive – the ones you...
Workaround for when Visual Studio Update says it doesn’t apply
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 people, they had an ...
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Visual Studio 2010 uninstall utility back online
Visual Studio 2010 uninstall utility back online
Four years ago I published a utility to help perform a clean uninstall of Visual Studio 2010. Before we added package reference counting and related bundles to Visual Studio setup, we couldn’t always be sure which products were still required so not everything was removed. This utility will remove everything provided one of a few command...
Seeing colors with psake
Seeing colors with psake
Psake (pronounced like Japanese “sake”) is a build automation tool similar to others out there like make, rake, etc., but built using PowerShell as the language of choice. So it should be no surprise that I use it for my Windows Installer PowerShell Module. It’s useful for automating tasks not limited to just calling MSBuild...
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Incorrect hash value when installing Visual Studio 2013 Update 2
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 is not correct.” This will show up as ...