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So I've been trying to install VS 2010 on windows 8. I know it works on windows 7, and I just recently upgraded to windows 8.

Since I'm a student, I downloaded my version of VS 2010 from the MSDNAA website, to which my school is subscribed to.

I can't install, nor even mount the .iso (which is strange...). Since I'm also developing for C++, and my instructor for my C++ course insists on using the g++ compiler, I've downloaded the Ubuntu ISO as well, and I also can't mount it.

In both cases, both the VS 2010 ISO and Ubuntu ISOs are corrupt. I don't think that this is the issue, as I can extract both ISOs fully with no errors. I just can't mount it.

After extraction, I clicked the setup.exe file that came out of the VS 2010 ISO, and I was presented with the following message:

The program or feature /*file path to iso*/ cannot start or run due to incompatibility 
with 64-bit versions of Windows. Please contact the software vendor to ask if a 
64-bit Windows compatible version is available.

Any ideas/solutions on what to do? Thanks.

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Have you tried to set the compatibility mode for the VS2010 setup to Windows 7? – magicandre1981 Jan 5 '13 at 6:24
yup, tried that nothing happens. Same error pops up. Interestingly enough, if I do run as administrator on the setup file, windows says FILE NOT FOUND. – docaholic Jan 5 '13 at 6:49
Do you use the inbox ISO mounting functionality? If yes, try other 3rd party tools like "Virtual Clone DRIVE" – magicandre1981 Jan 5 '13 at 7:47
I had no problem installing VS2010 on a 64-bit installation of Windows 8. – Ramhound Jan 7 '13 at 22:21

You can use VMWare Player, a free desktop virtualization client. For Visual Studio:

  • Click "Create a New Virtual Machine."
  • Select "Installer disk image file (iso)" and browse to your Visual Studio ISO file.
  • Click "Next."
  • Under "Guest Operating System," click "Other"
  • Under "Version," click "Other."
  • Click "Next" until you see the "Ready to Create Virtual Machine" screen.
  • Click "Finish."

And for Ubuntu:

  • Click "Create a New Virtual Machine."
  • Select "Installer disk image file (iso)" and browse to your Ubuntu ISO file.
  • Fill out all fields until you see the "Ready to Create Virtual Machine" screen.
  • Click "Finish," and Ubuntu should now boot up.
  • Go through the graphical installer.
  • Ubuntu should reboot and say "Installing VMWare Tools." This will take a while, so relax and let it finish.
  • Ubuntu is now installed in the Virtual Machine.
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