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Visual Studio Express 2013 update 2 - not supported?


Just installed latest version of VS2013 - unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be supported by either 2.1 beta or the current dev build:

"Your version of Visual Studio 2013 is not supported. Please install the latest update from"

I assume the install is still looking for the RC of update 2 - now that update 2 is fully released, is there a work-around to get PT installed?

Closed Jun 3, 2014 at 8:22 PM by Zooba


applepies wrote Jun 1, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Think I may have answered my own question - just noticed I have the "for Windows" version installed, rather than "for Windows Desktop" - will re-install and re-test.

Zooba wrote Jun 1, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Yep, that'll be the issue. We had to justify our ability to install into each Express SKU individually (it's a bit of a special privilege, since they are not meant to support extensions) and while it was easy for Web and Desktop, there was no compelling case for supporting Express for Windows.

What we should do is detect it and provide a more useful error message.

applepies wrote Jun 1, 2014 at 11:34 PM


No problem, thanks for confirming so quickly.

I run Premium at work and forget there are several flavours of express - I just picked the wrong one :-)

applepies wrote Jun 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM


Hmmm, looks like I spoke too soon - installed VS2013 for Windows Desktop - same message. Any ideas?


Zooba wrote Jun 2, 2014 at 10:48 PM

What version number is displayed in the Help\About window? It's possible you've ended up in a partially updated state.

applepies wrote Jun 2, 2014 at 11:24 PM

12.0.21005.1 REL

Installation seems OK...

Zooba wrote Jun 3, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Thanks. That's the original release version, so you'll have to install Update 2 again for it to apply. I'd recommend doing it anyway, since you're deep in unsupported and probably untested territory now - plenty of Visual Studio components are shared by the various editions, and right now they are different versions for you.

applepies wrote Jun 3, 2014 at 6:23 AM

Gah... sorry - should've realised that :-)

Thanks, I'll update tonight and try again.

applepies wrote Jun 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM


All sorted - thanks for your assistance - appreciated.

Kind regards,

echan09 wrote Jun 4, 2014 at 1:24 AM


I'm having the same issue here with Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop and I did install Update 2 already. Here's the version number of my installation:

Version 12.0.30501.00 Update 2

Any help/suggestion will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


Zooba wrote Jun 4, 2014 at 2:37 AM

Are you using PTVS 2.1 Beta? That's the first version that supports installation into the Express versions.