Can I install Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2012 RTM side by side with Visual Studio Ultimate 2010 on Windows 7?

Because I tried to install it and I just got the splash screen for the installer then I got the following error:

Setup detected an issue during the operation. Please click below to check for a solution and help us improve the setup experience.

And nothing happens! no solution found! although I've setup the same copy into Windows 8 successfully.

Any Ideas?

  • What does it tell you when you "click below"? Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 12:05
  • @techie007 just submit the error to Microsoft then I get they didn't find a solution for this and I got nothing logged to the Event viewer! Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 12:11
  • Yes of course you can. I have VS2003 through VS2012 installed on my developer machine.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 12:46
  • How much old your Windows 7 installation is? If it very old then I would suggest you to try a fresh setup of Windows and then install it again. Sometime some components missed out from the windows and can't be fixed then we have to do a fresh installation. I have been faced this kind of issue with other software.
    – avirk
    Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 13:31

2 Answers 2


I looked into the logs in %temp% (thanks to @ganeshr for pointing me to the right location to the logs) and I found that errot:

ERROR: The type initializer for 'System.Windows.Media.FontFamily' threw an exception.

I searched the internet and found that it's a WPF font issue, this link helped me understanding where is the issue came from: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/9066930/wpf-window-crashes-on-startup-or-it-starts-but-hangs-and-does-not-render-conten

I did some font clean up, removed unused fonts for me and I think because I had a lot of update for the default installer font: Segeo UI this cause the error. I removed the old updates and finally the installer opens.

Thanks for you your all support.

EDIT: BTW I had to restart the following services and not sure if this is relevant/fixes the issue:

  • Windows Font Cache Service
  • Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache
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    +1 just for posting solution to an edge case that can be found on Google
    – CAD bloke
    Commented Nov 12, 2012 at 3:03

Yes, you can install Visual Studion 2012 side by side to 2010 on Windows 7. I have this installed and running well on my System.

To solve your problem, I suggest trying to re-download the setup and try again. Also, are there any more defined error messages or codes?

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    +1 Make sure that you update Visual Studio 2010 to SP1 incase you want to open VS 2010 projects in VS 2012 without upgrading the projects.
    – Ganesh R.
    Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 12:16
  • @Michael-K is it acceptable that the iso file can be installed successfully on Win 8 and fails on Wind 7? Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 12:26
  • @ganeshR my visual studio 2010 is updates to the latest with SP1 and till today updates! Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 12:27
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    @AMgdy no its not acceptable that the same ISO is corrupted on Win 7. May be there are some components are missed out or you are missing any Windows update?
    – avirk
    Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 13:33
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    @AMgdy Can you try posting your issue on Visual Studio Setup and Installation forum: social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vssetup/threads . First: collect your install logs with this: microsoft.com/downloads/… After you run Collect.exe, you'll find vslogs.cab in your %temp% directory. Upload vslogs.cab to a public site, like SkyDrive, and post the link to the Visual Studio setup forum.
    – Ganesh R.
    Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 15:51

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