I'm struggling to install the Windows SDK onto my W7 64bit machine.

I've read Can't install Windows 7 SDK but that has a different error to mine.

I can only find the option to download SDK for W7 and .NET 4 (although I already have 4.5 installed). So, I run the installer and shows it will be installed to C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.1

After a few minutes, it fails with the following

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.

So, I do what it says, and try to navigate to C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.1Samples\Setup\HTML\ConfigDetails.htm but this does not exist. In fact, C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.1 doesn't exist. I have a folder called v8.0 though.

So, my question is, does the above suggest I should be installing the SDK for Windows 8 (despite being on W7 Ultimate)?


Check the logs file. You may need to do a Control F (find) for the word fail.

In this case, it showed

07:20:40 24 September 2014: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.1\Setup\SFX\vcredist_x64.exe installation failed with return code 5100

A quick Google search brings me to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2717426

And the main bits from the site are:

This issue occurs when you install the Windows 7 SDK on a computer that has a newer version of the Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable installed. The Windows 7 SDK installs version 10.0.30319 of the Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable.

To resolve this issue, you must uninstall all versions of the Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable before installing the Windows 7 SDK. You may have one or more of the following products installed:

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.