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Fix Problem Installing Windows SDK for Windows 7

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Windows SDK installation fails with following error

A problem occurred while installing selected Windows SDK components.

Installation of the "Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7" product has reported the following error: Please refer to Samples\Setup\HTML\ConfigDetails.htm document for further information.

Please attempt to resolve the problem and then start Windows SDK setup again. If you continue to have problems with this issue, please visit the SDK team support page at

Click the View Log button to review the installation log.

To exit, click Finish.

Which is not too helpful because there is no "Samples\Setup\HTML\ConfigDetails.htm" on disk yet. This problem occurs primarily because the Document Explorer 2008 installation failed and is currently in a weird state where it cannot access its components in registry. Here is how you fix this problem..

  1. Open Registry Editor (run RegEdit.Exe)
  2. Browse to the following key. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Components
  3. Right Click on Components select permissions and then Click Advanced
  4. Select the "Owner" Tab. Select  Administrators  (Group) . Click Apply.
  5. Then Select Checkbox that says "Replace owner  on sub containers and objects". Click apply.
  6. Browse back to the Permissions tab, select the Check box that says "Replace all child objects with inheritable permissions from this object". Click apply
  7. You might see some warnings after applying permissions and owner settings. This is normal. Some windows components are restricted to changing owner.

And now try to install Windows SDK again. Hope this helps some one struggling with this issue.

If the above instructions did not solve you Windows SDK installation issue, then most of the times there might be a problem where your %temp% environment variable is pointed to. This is because some of the  packages included with the Windows SDK are are unable to resolve the %Temp% if it has either more than one path in its value or if it is pointing to the wrong directory.

To verify your %temp% location

  • Open command prompt  (Click Start, type cmd.exe and click enter)
  • Type in SET
  • From the resulting output, look at what Temp= is pointing to

Verify that “Temp=” has a value similar to C:\Users\[UserName]\AppData\Local\Temp  (Assuming your System Drive is C and Replace [UserName] in above path with your username)
This “Temp=” value should only have one location pointing to your local temp. Any additional paths in the value or different locations will cause a problem. If you find that this “Temp” has  some unexpected or additional paths in its value change it to point to the expected value. To change the value of your “temp” environment variable follow the below steps.

  • Click Start and Right click on computer and Select Properties
  • Click on Advanced System Settings
  • Click on Environment Variables in the opened window
  • Select Temp under User variable. Click edit and change it to C:\Users\[UserName]\AppData\Local\Temp  (Assuming your system drive is C and Replace [UserName] in above path with your user name). Use only one path. Remove any additional paths or other paths.
  • Do the same for TMP environment variable

Now try to reinstall the Windows SDK.

177 Responses to Fix Problem Installing Windows SDK for Windows 7

Steve Thresher

August 19th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

I had to use this fix and it worked after I rebooted.

Shared Frank

October 25th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

A fully explained article!

Well done, I found this blog on google and found very intresting.

Thanks and bookmarked

Mohamed Zohni

February 26th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Insdtallation of the “Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 Win32 Documentation” product has reported the following error: Signature of the file
WinSDKDocWin32_x86.msi could not be obtained. Possible unsigned file


March 5th, 2010 at 11:59 am

Adrian, Loos like you have an issue with your %temp% variable. I have updated the blog post and added information related to how to detect and fix if %temp% variable is broke.

Hope this helps.


March 5th, 2010 at 12:01 pm


From your comment it looks like your download is corrupted.
Clear the contents of your %temp% directory (Usually C:\Users\[UserName]\AppData\Local\Temp) directory and retry download.

Hope this helps


March 11th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Thanks for the clear and easy to follow instructions, It helped out a great deal.


April 16th, 2010 at 2:27 am

Thanks .. very helpfull indeed!


June 15th, 2010 at 1:18 am

I tried to install the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 & .NET 3.5 SDK from the ISO-File I downloaded from the offical Microsoft website.

The mentioned error occurred but your fix didn’t help me at all unfortunately.

The solution was to install Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 via webinstall instead. This worked well with the first try!



August 9th, 2010 at 8:02 am

wow, this is incredible, it worked very well, I had almost given up on this one XP machine until I found your registry permissions fix.


March 24th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Now , what to do if the installer partially installs, ie it put the headers and libs on , and theres no remove for that portion in the add remove programs , and i finally got ahold of a valid iso.. but the installer wont let me install due to the headers and libs being installed..


April 30th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I have tried for several times acording this instruction, but it still failed with same reason. My OS is windows 7 Ultimate.


May 26th, 2011 at 10:04 pm


June 5th, 2011 at 5:02 pm


July 9th, 2011 at 9:22 am

If you are still having issues try to remove

Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable


Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable

depending on the Version of the SDK you are installing prior to SDK installation. SDK tries to install an older version but the VCRedist_xxx.exe installer fails because a newer version is already installed (typically some 10.0.4xxxx version).

Jeff Centimano [MSFT]

July 28th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I ran into this today and the fix Andreas suggested worked for me. I tried the registry change first - but no luck. Thanks for this page… it was the second link in a Bing search for “A problem occurred while installing selected Windows SDK components.” –Jeff


July 29th, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Andreas, your fix worked for me. Thanks!


August 1st, 2011 at 6:58 am

Andreas, your fix worked for me too!! Thanks!


August 4th, 2011 at 4:17 am

Good to hear :)
Hope this will get fixed in the next version’s setup.


October 6th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Andreas u my Hero thx man it solved the problem finaly =)


October 6th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Doesn’t work at all. Tried twice Ugh all this to install a video driver for my new amd vid card. never gonna get amd again.


October 6th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I tried to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable but it says i’m isiing sdk 7.1 and this issue occurs. Tried the registry idera, and rebooted and failed twice. Did the temp file twice. Just straight up doesn’t work. very frustrating. Any other suggestions of what i should/need to do?

Xinlei QIU

October 9th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I have applied that method but still with the same problem…

Installation of the “Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7″ product has reported the following error: Please refer to Samples\Setup\HTML\ConfigDetails.htm document for further information.

Do I need to uninstall Document Explorer in the System? but actually I haven’t not such soft in my computer…..

Ramon Brülisauer

October 27th, 2011 at 9:30 am

The SDK Setup worked like a charm after uninstalling both Visual C++ 2010 Runtimes (x86 and x64). The SDK reinstalls both packages when selecting the appropriate options in the setup.

Thanks to Andreas for the hint


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November 22nd, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I had uninstalled Visual C++ 2010 Redistributables , runtimes and design times for both versions (x86 and x64) and ISO installer worked.

Thank you all for the guidance.

Maybe only uninstalling redist.s could have been enough. I didnt try.

John B.

November 30th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Hello folks.

Got the following problem:

My system is Windows 7 64 bit and I have to install dSPACE with Matlab support for my work (dSPACE -> Matlab SIMULINK). Well, installation worked and also Matlab 2010b with SIMULINK and Real Time Workshop did, dSPACE is successfully linked to SIMULINK. If I try to create C-code with RTW for a dSPACE processor board,
the matlab command line says: ERROR: No x86 compiler found. Possible reasons are:…….etc and aborts code generation.

Good news is: by now I know the reason: I run a 32bit Version of Matlab on a 64bit Windows 7 platform (dSPACE does not accept 64bit versions!), so some additional software components (-> Visual C++ 2010 Express and SDK 7.1) have to be installed.

Bad news is: Installation of Visual C++ 2010 Express worked without problems, but not SDK 7.1. It starts installation, but after a few seconds it aborts (at some action like: DCCcleanup.amd64 don’t know anymore exactly…) and says: an error occured[...] Please refer to Samples\Setup\HTML\ConfigDetails.htm document for further information.

Tryed to uninstall the document explorer, didn’t help.
Tryed cmd.exe but there are no multiple path settings for my TEMP directory, the TMP respectively.
There are more redistibutables installed on my system (2005, 2008 and 2010), 2008 is needed by dSPACE I think. Installation guide says first to install Visual C++ 2010 Express, then SDK 7.1….

Well, what to do now? Uninstall all redistibutables or only both, 2010 x86 and 2010 x64 to try again? Does Matlab need to be installed on a C:\ directory to “find” the x86 compiler or do I have to set the work folder of Matlab onto a C:\directory? If nothing works, could the installation of Visual Studio help (unfortunatelly I only got VS 2005)?

Ok, too many questions, but I’d be glad if someone could help me.


December 1st, 2011 at 2:03 am

Thanks to Andreas!

After removing Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable the setup worked fine.

Brian J

December 2nd, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Thanks, Andreas! That fixed it. Seems like it doesn’t bode well for something so focused on debugging tools to have such poor error handling. :P


December 13th, 2011 at 8:36 am

Andreas — Thanks SO GD much… i’ve been in firce battle with this problem… saved my ass here….



December 16th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

THX ANDREAS! great that the solution was so simple after all… Dont know why the official site didnt list that solution:

some dude

December 19th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Andreas you solved my problem. u r awesome.


January 6th, 2012 at 5:56 am

Thanks Andreas. Removed the x64 and x86 vs2010 redistributables and installation successful.

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January 21st, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Once again, thanks Andreas. After trying all other suggested solutions, yours did the trick.


January 28th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Hi Hank I was having the same problem and ended up here Andreas’s fix worked just took out all 2010 redist and sdk is installing fine. As for your compiler issue did you try running
’setup -mbuild’ in matlab so it can find your installed compilers?


February 12th, 2012 at 5:30 pm


pointless as it may seem after so many positive feedback responses to your post, I would like to also add my own: thanks, your suggestion worked like a charm. I actually uninstalled all MS Visual C++ Redistributable x64 components I found on add/remove programs, which were 4 in total, and after that installation of the SDK 7.1 from the ISO file run smooth. I’d better start re-installing them now;-)
Thanks again.

Marcos Freitas

February 13th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Andreas, your fix worked for me. Thanks!

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February 28th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Thank you so much! The last thing that finally worked was uninstalling all the following and then it installed.

Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable - 10.0.40219
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable - 10.0.40219
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable - 10.0.30319
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable - 10.0.30319
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Runtime - 10.0.40219
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Runtime - 10.0.40219

Don’t forget to run windows update to get the latest patches.


March 11th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

@John B. or anyone with the same problem:

Just uninstall all the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 redistributables and runtimes, then try again. Matlab finds the components just fine.


March 16th, 2012 at 7:50 am

ty Andreas :)


March 25th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

After succefull installation I build my project and i get this frustring error :

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.1\include\sdkddkver.h(251): fatal error C1189: #error : NTDDI_VERSION setting conflicts with _WIN32_WINNT setting

Can you help me please???

the ULF

March 26th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Simple uninstall all MS C++ redistributables, works for me!


March 26th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Andreas’ comment worked for me, Im on win 7 64bit.
installing windows SDK for win7 & .NET 4 Framework

Andreas comment as follows:

July 9th, 2011 at 9:22 am

If you are still having issues try to remove either

Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable


Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable

depending on the Version of the SDK you are installing prior to SDK installation. SDK tries to install an older version but the VCRedist_xxx.exe installer fails because a newer version is already installed (typically some 10.0.4xxxx version).”

I removed my Microsoft Visual C++ X86 Redistributable 10.0.40219
and BOOM it works :)


March 27th, 2012 at 12:01 am

Note: i only had 1 version that was 10.0.4xxx [and a whole bunch of other older years and older versions that I didnt need to remove, it just doesn’t seem to like versions 10.0.4xxx

(see Snives1) comment Feb 28 2012


March 28th, 2012 at 11:50 am

when I open the Windows 7.1 SDK command prompt, it’s showing the message,
“The x64 compilers are not yet installed,Please go to Add/Remove programs to update your installation.”


March 29th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Uninstalling the redistributable did the trick for me. Thanks a lot !!!


March 30th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Thank you very much for very helpfull instructions.


April 5th, 2012 at 8:28 am

gracias Andreas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


May 4th, 2012 at 7:13 am

Thanks! Removing the “Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable” did the trick for me.


May 6th, 2012 at 9:06 am

THX Andreas! You are my Hero!

removing “Microsoft Visual C++ X86 Redistributable 10.0.40219″ did the Trick.


May 14th, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Now that I’ve tried what Andreas posted - It makes perfect sense that the problem with the SDK is the “Microsoft Visual C++ X86 Redistributable 10.0.40219″ The SDK for Windows7 was produced before SP1 and various other later software updates which use a later Visual C++ X86 Redistributable. Thanks Andreas ;)

Cham Cham

May 16th, 2012 at 7:33 am

Removing MS Visual C++ Redistributable(s) is the key for me.


May 23rd, 2012 at 1:28 pm

After many unsuccessful installations on Vista
I only removed Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistribuable to obtain a successfull installation

Thanks to the contributor of this blog who give me this information


May 31st, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Andreas’ solutions worked for me


June 1st, 2012 at 10:10 am

If OP’s solution and Andreas don’t work, you can remove both
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable

Windows SDK for Windows 7 will install x64 version. Guess x86 will be possible to be installed later.


June 2nd, 2012 at 5:12 pm


After fixing the registry permissions and checking the value of TEMP, I removed the Visual C++ redistributables and the SDK installed. You’d think Microsoft would have ameaningful error message. I’ve watsed 2 days on this problem and it should never have occurred


June 4th, 2012 at 10:44 am

Andreas, I’ve uninstalled VC++ 2010 Redistributable x86 & x64 and solved problem with SDK installation. Thanks a lot!


June 6th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

thanks Andreas, your fix worked for me


June 16th, 2012 at 6:16 am

Yep, uninstlling VC++ 2010 Redistributables helps


June 20th, 2012 at 4:38 am

Amazing that Microsoft does not write the correct solution or even better, solve it in the first place. Yes, it was Andreas solution with removing the redistributables that solved the mystery


June 29th, 2012 at 4:33 am

It’s ridiculous that the best fix for such a common problem is hidden away as a comment on a blog. Shame on Microsoft, and thanks so much Andreas. I had almost given up trying to install the SDK.


July 3rd, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Thanks Andreas… you saved me from a lot of pain and agony of this MS bug.

Robert Martens

July 4th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Chalk up another one! I know it’s just shy of a year later, and the subject has been beaten to death, but I can’t keep quiet after a relief like this. Uninstalling the Redistributable did the trick, and v7.1 of the Windows SDK is sitting neatly alongside its friends.

Thank you, Andreas!

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July 18th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

The installation of SDK 7.1 finally works after uninstalling the M V C++ redistributables.

Thank you Andreas!


July 23rd, 2012 at 8:42 am

Thank you! Your registry fix also worked for me (but only after reboot)


July 27th, 2012 at 9:26 am

After removing the x64 and x86 vs2010 redistributables and installation of SDK was successful.
Thanks Andreas.


July 28th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Andreas! Thanks for you hint regarding redistributables! Works fine!


August 18th, 2012 at 11:38 am

Thanks Kemist.
My problem was solved thanks to you.
>uninstall all the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 redistributables and runtimes

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September 12th, 2012 at 11:09 am

I didn’t do Andreas’ solution. I didn’t see his until after I finally installed the SDK. Here’s how I did it.

After you get that dialog showing that error, do not click on Finish/OK. Open up Windows Explorer and navigate to:

%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temp\SDKSetup\WinSDKWin32Tools

Run the MSI (you still don’t click on OK/Finish from the initial SDK failed install). After that msi runs, click on the failed install, and you will lose everything in that SDKSetup folder.

No big. Re-run it, and you’ll get a “Repair”/”Add” dialog. I went into “Add” and added all the components I needed and it installed fine. This is without doing Andreas’ solution.

This worked on a 32 bit XP SP3 and a revision is needed to get it to work on a 64 bit Win7 (different path — use c:\users\yadda yadda).


September 21st, 2012 at 1:03 pm

uninstalling teh 2010 redistributables worked for me.


September 27th, 2012 at 4:52 am

windows phone sdk was not installing it shows “visual studio was not running in compatibility mode”……give me steps to solve this problem

Ken J.

September 30th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Todd’s solution worked for me. Didn’t feel like uninstalling C++ Redists I was using. Other than changing the ‘user’ path for Win7 (amd64), went just as he said. Bloody Microsoft.


October 1st, 2012 at 12:31 pm

After changing all these settings, do we need to worry about changing them back before installing other files and programs or no?

Cristian Rémy

October 4th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Awesome! Thanks a lot

Vladislav Turbanov

October 12th, 2012 at 11:48 am

Andreas’ solution worked just fine for me. Just remove the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2008/2010 x86/x64 (depening on what SDK you are trying to install) from Control Panel and rerun the installer.


October 15th, 2012 at 2:53 am

If I should be permitted to suggest to Microsoft, the best they should do to ensure proper supervision and development of a software is to beg Andreas to join Microsoft team so as to ensure clean error control.
To Andreas, thanks so much for your wonderful idea.


October 16th, 2012 at 4:23 am

Just some more infos and help for searching machines:
Keywords: Matlab 2011b, Simulink, MatLab function block, C++ Compiler, Windows 7 SDK, 64bit, Samples\Setup\HTML\ConfigDetails.htm

I had a same issue like John B.
I have Matlab 2011b 64bit on Windows 7 and could not install Windows 7 SDK 7.1. I needed it for a MatLab function block.
- I tried the regedit fix -> didn’t work (not even after a restart)
- looked up the comments and tried to deinstall all ‘Redistributable 2010 whatever’ (and a deinstalled Visual Studio, don’t if it was necessary) and after a restart the installation worked.

Thanks Andreas!
I did not need to deinstall 2005 and 2008 redistributables. I don’t know if regedit fix was necessary, but I don’t care in the end ;)


October 18th, 2012 at 5:28 am

I tried every suggestion here, but it worked finally with this:

Install every package but “c++ compilers” and then try:

Johnny P.

October 21st, 2012 at 5:23 am

@Andy thanks mate your method worked :)


October 21st, 2012 at 11:17 pm

you can uncheck installing the C++ 2010 Pack, in the SDK installer.


October 21st, 2012 at 11:18 pm

you can uncheck installing the C++ 2010 Pack, in the SDK installer.

Therefore you dont have to go thru the hassle of uninstalling and reinstalling… :)


October 23rd, 2012 at 12:45 am


October 23rd, 2012 at 10:43 am

I did everything described here and still I get that Error, with the Web Installer and with the Standalone Installer (.iso File) as well. The Log says:

10/23/12 19:33:42 DDSet_Status: LANGID: 1033
10/23/12 19:33:42 DDSet_Entry: ImmediateDispatch: DDSE_CA_Uninstall_InstallInitializePost entry
10/23/12 19:33:42 DDSet_Error: Patch Hooks: Missing required property ‘ProductFamily’: Setup cannot continue.
10/23/12 19:33:42 DDSet_Warning: Setup failed while calling ‘getDLLName’. System error: 0xb7
10/23/12 19:33:42 DDSet_CARetVal: 0
10/23/12 19:33:42 DDSet_Exit: ImmediateDispatch: DDSE_CA_Uninstall_InstallInitializePost exit
Action ended 19:33:42: DDSE_CA_Uninstall_InstallInitializePost_amd64. Return value 1.

I have the following Compilers installed:

Do I have to uninstall some of those before I install the SDK ?


October 23rd, 2012 at 10:52 am

Nevermind, I uninstalled all 2010 components, now it works fine.


November 4th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Thanks Andreas your worked for me as well!!!


If you are still having issues try to remove
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable
Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable
depending on the Version of the SDK you are installing prior to SDK installation. SDK tries to install an older version but the VCRedist_xxx.exe installer fails because a newer version is already installed (typically some 10.0.4xxxx version).


November 8th, 2012 at 10:18 am

I just wanted to thank you on such a great and useful article. But I’d also like to share my experience.

For me, I had uninstall VC++ 2008 and VC++ 2010 redistributables. And Visual Studio 2012 Express (I don’t know if that was needed).

I would suggest that you update the article and incorporate some of the useful comments in it. Some readers (including me) ignore reading comments. It occurred to me for the first time to read comments.


November 15th, 2012 at 6:49 am

I tried the registry key and environmental variable but in the end, it was Andreas’s solution that did the trick.


November 16th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

The “VC++ 2010 Redistributable” solution was grand!
Bút (there is always a but), I first did the registry-trick that didn’t work and wasn’t necessary, so how can I set it back to what it was? Or don’t you expect problems of a sort leaving it at Administrators?


November 20th, 2012 at 7:39 am

Unistalling 2010 redistributables worked for me as well.

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November 20th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

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November 21st, 2012 at 12:47 pm

As Andreas suggested uninstalling Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable and Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable helped me resolve the problem.

This should be added to the original post as a possible solution.

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November 30th, 2012 at 6:12 am



December 1st, 2012 at 2:24 pm

STATISTICA also screws up the install


December 12th, 2012 at 2:58 am

This didn’t work for - I had to search further and found another Prerequisite: I hed to uninstall VC2010 runtimes before I could complete the WDK installation:

Thanks David!


December 28th, 2012 at 3:11 am

The trick with a registry didn’t help me. Also I had a proper %temp% directory. For me a solution was a very simple and… stupid (thank you, Microsoft!) - to point out for an installer not a default directory (/Program Files/) but /Program Files (x86)/. Hope that will help to somebody.

December 29th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

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January 10th, 2013 at 12:57 am



January 13th, 2013 at 11:21 am

Removing Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable and Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable helped for me. Cheers.

This problem has bugged me for ages.


January 18th, 2013 at 11:51 am

Todd thank you so much !!! andreas solution did not the trick

Todd’s solution is the best and you do not need to unninstall MvC++ 2010 Redistributable !

Click here to see the comment from Todd


January 19th, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Removing Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 packages (using program uninstall) worked for me.

Mark Robo

February 1st, 2013 at 3:18 am

Following the first registry set of instructions I got this:

Registry Editor could not set security in the key currently selected, or some

of its subkeys.

I assume this is the notification originally referred to.

I read about removing temp internet files so I navigated to the temp folder:

C:\Users\Mark\AppData\Local\Temp\Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86

Redistributable Setup_20130201_075837912.html

Finding this file - opened it to confirm Andreas’ comment.
You may or may not find it, but if you find it and open it you will find that

you are trying to download Package Version = 10.0.30319

I went on control panel>programs… and then waited until Microsoft Visual C++

2010 x86 Redistributable - 10.0.40219 came up - that is exactly how it is

named. This is the only later version I had.

Then uninstalled it.

I’m installing Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4
I leave the default settings as to what I’m downloading - seems like a lot.

It works now BOOM!


February 15th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

After, 3 hours of searching the net for a fix to this problem your registry fix above finally worked.

Thank you very much for the clear and concise explanation.


February 16th, 2013 at 2:26 pm



February 19th, 2013 at 4:14 am

Thanks. It worked for me! Great info!


March 13th, 2013 at 9:42 am

My problem was the same and the registry fixes nor uninstalling Visual C++ helped. What finally helped was removing *ALL* the versions of the C++ 2010 redistributable - Apparently it is not enough to remove the x64 version, we also need to remove the x86 version. Once I uninstalled it (via the Add/Remove programs interface of the Control Panel) the SDK installed without a problem.


March 27th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

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April 4th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

I am writing this because I just had to! @Andreas - you rock! Thanks for the help!


April 13th, 2013 at 8:13 am


April 15th, 2013 at 7:49 am

Uninstalling “Microsoft Visual C++ 2010″ Solved the probleme for me

Susano Cantarranas

May 7th, 2013 at 11:13 am

Andreas solution worked well for me. I uninstalled “MS Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable x86″ and x64.


May 7th, 2013 at 1:52 pm


Thanks a whole bunch. Uninstalling the Redistributable helped after trying to get this setup to run for an eternity!

May 13th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

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community in the same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on.

You have done a extraordinary job!


May 16th, 2013 at 1:26 pm


I feel like this is a stupid question because I haven’t found anyone else who has asked it. But how do you get to the Registry Editor? I haaven’t been able to find a RegEdit.exe anywhere on my computer.


May 22nd, 2013 at 8:57 am

First of all: thanks, @Andreas, It worked! But… it hasn’t been so straightforward.
I’d like to add my 2 cents just in case someone else has the same problem as me.
At the first trial(s) the installation continued to fail. Then I discovered there was (maybe) a bug in the uninstall process of the “MS Visual Studio C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable”. This package seemed to have been removed but it was not (yes, I rebooted the machine). I figured out the problem when I tried to reinstall this package by hand, via the Microsoft website, and the installer asked me to “Fix” the package or “Remove it”! So I chose to remove it and… finally the SDK installer was happy!
Final note: I don’t now if this is related to the problem I had, but I’m using a 64 bits machine.


May 22nd, 2013 at 9:00 am

@Gino. To access regedit you (should) simply click on the “Start” button and then type “regedit” in the the textbox. If this does not work I think there are some problems with your Windows installation.


May 31st, 2013 at 11:10 pm

I tried this and it did not make any difference. I attempted with the ISO for my system (Win7 64) as well, but no good. This is frustrating because it is keeping me from using things in Visual Studio that I require, and I have scoured the entire Internet without use.


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Thank you so much Andreas for your tip, uninstalling Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable x64 and x86 worked for me!


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Uninstalling both versions of “Microsoft Visual C++ 2010″ solved the problem for me.



June 26th, 2013 at 6:25 am

Andrew solution didn’t work.
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“Uninstalling both versions of “Microsoft Visual C++ 2010″ works for Win 7 64-bit. Thank you so much for the help.


July 22nd, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Andreas your fix is awesome. I also dont get why this problem still occurs after 2 years…


September 16th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

“QUOTE Todd´s post: I didn’t do Andreas’ solution. I didn’t see his until after I finally installed the SDK. Here’s how I did it.

After you get that dialog showing that error, do not click on Finish/OK. Open up Windows Explorer and navigate to:

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Run the MSI (you still don’t click on OK/Finish from the initial SDK failed install). After that msi runs, click on the failed install, and you will lose everything in that SDKSetup folder.

No big. Re-run it, and you’ll get a “Repair”/”Add” dialog. I went into “Add” and added all the components I needed and it installed fine. This is without doing Andreas’ solution.

This worked on a 32 bit XP SP3 and a revision is needed to get it to work on a 64 bit Win7 (different path — use c:\users\yadda yadda).

That was the only solution worked for me. Thanks Todd. And also thanks to Andreas even his solution ´didnt work for me. :)


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My problem is very different. I get this error message:

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Thank you! After trying everything and then some, I not only did the RegEdit bit but finally checked the Control Panel and found under Add or Remove Applications “Microsoft Visual C++ 2010″ which I didn’t *think* I had there. After that the SDK installation went smoothly. Thanks again!

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I uninstalled MS Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable x64. Fixed.

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