The Windows 8 upgrade setup says that Visual Studio 2010 would not be compatible, but that there is a solution available.
What does 'not compatible' mean in this case? I had VS 2010 running in the preview version just fine.
What will be the consequences of the upgrade?

  • Did it give any details of the solution? It sounds like there's just an update or something needed. Oct 26, 2012 at 8:46
  • I just tried the upgrade assistant and got the same message. It says "Go to the app website for help" but without any link.
    – snowdude
    Oct 26, 2012 at 8:51
  • Unfortunately it just says 'a solution is available', no details.
    – Michael K
    Oct 26, 2012 at 8:52
  • It's not clear from the question that you already have Visual Studio 2010 installed and are upgrading to Windows 8. Everything I've found indicates that VS2010 will install happily so it's not obvious what your problem is.
    – ChrisF
    Oct 29, 2012 at 8:58
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    @ChrisF for everyone who tried the upgrade setup, it is clear what I mean. I have VS2010 installed and the upgrade setup say that it is incompatible but a solution is available, but does not point out what the solution is.
    – Michael K
    Oct 29, 2012 at 9:14

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You can upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 7 with Visual Studio 2010 using a Retail Install disc only.

If you try to upgrade using the upgrade paths (that cost less then the retail disc) you will get presented with this kind of screen.

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With some collaboration at MSDN bug was submitted but the response only talked about installing GDR to improve test tools for VS2010 in Windows 8

I have spent allot of time trying to find information on this. I did not have a Windows 8 disc or upgrade key. So I got one and upgraded Windows 7 with Visual Studio to Windows 8. (Oh - had to delete my hard work.) So read it here instead.

End of the day you can just carry on with the upgrade. It does not mean it will fail. You might have to tweak some things on the other side.

  • I need the pro versions of VS 2005-2012 on my development machine. Also, this does not answer what will happen through the upgrade.
    – Michael K
    Oct 26, 2012 at 9:30
  • Oh Right. How about uninstalling it before upgrade so that the checker passes. Then reinstall after upgrade. Pro, Enterprise.. they will all isntall.
    – Piotr Kula
    Oct 26, 2012 at 9:31
  • Despite that it would be a lot of work to reinstall it (I use a lot of addons and customization), just out of curiosity I would like to know what will happen.
    – Michael K
    Oct 26, 2012 at 9:34
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    Did you try and upgrade? If the upgrade moans about it then you will need to uninstall it. Sorry - I know the feeling. Otherwise install a VM if you just want to try it. Make an image of you HDD incase you want to go back before upograde. Either way upgrade always = more work :(
    – Piotr Kula
    Oct 26, 2012 at 9:36
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    @snowdude - You can't expect us to test it for you. You are not even the author of this question. You need to try it, and report the results, that is the only way I know how to solve this yourself.
    – Ramhound
    Oct 26, 2012 at 13:34

After contacting Microsoft it looks like VS 2010 does have compatibility issues on Windows 8, BUT it is usable on Windows 8. A GDR package has been released to resolve the compatibility issues:


  • Does not solve the problem of upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 8
    – Piotr Kula
    Oct 29, 2012 at 17:25
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    I was answering the question posed, ie "What does 'not compatible' mean in this case?"
    – snowdude
    Oct 29, 2012 at 17:35
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    That fixes some test case problems. Even after the patch is applied it is still not compatible for upgrade.. And it only addresses VS2010 that was installed on Windows 8 -- not upgraded from Windows 7 to 8
    – Piotr Kula
    Oct 29, 2012 at 18:01

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