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.


  1. If you already have a Windows 8 device, it may be updated automatically. You can also update it manually. To do this, open the Windows Store app from the Start screen, then locate and select Update Windows.

    1. KB2736182 is not a standard Windows 8/8.1 update as it is Visual Studio 2010 so turning on updates won;'t solve the problem. Hey, I appreciate a reader. :-)