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Article ID: 2781514 - Last Review: December 12, 2012 - Revision: 6.0

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This issue also applies to Microsoft Visual Studio Feedback Client 2012.


This article describes an update that improves the stability of Microsoft Visual Studio 2012. This update also resolves a compatibility issue that may occur when the Microsoft .NET Framework is updated. When this issue occurs, Visual Studio 2012 may not load projects and may crash.

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Update information

How to obtain this update

Microsoft Update
This update is available from Microsoft Update ( .
Microsoft Download Center
The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
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To apply this hotfix, you must have Visual Studio 2012 installed.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you install the hotfix. However, you must close all instances of Visual Studio 2012 before you install the hotfix. 

File information

The global version of this update has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
For GDR branch of Visual Studio 2012

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Applies to
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Premium 2012
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2012
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2012
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Explorer 2012
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional 2012
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