Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Getting Visual Studio 2010 SP1 to run on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

A variety of projects I work on still require Visual Studio 2010 which is patched with SP1. Most machines I worked on are Windows 8.1 because Windows 8 and above supports 64-bit virtual machines under Hyper-V (the most critical feature for developers under Windows 8).

By default Visual Studio 2010 with SP1 may not run on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Microsoft provides a patch that allows to execute on said operating systems: Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 (KB2736182).

Microsoft does provide an overview of the previous patch and the issues it addresses: A GDR update for Visual Studio 2010 SP1 is available to add compatibility support for Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8.