package “visual c++ package” failed to load

I’m using Visual Studio 2012 on my Windows 8.1 laptop.
I was working on a C project.

After updating my computer via windows update I got the following error:
package “visual c++ package” failed to load


After a bit of Googling I  came to this lovely simple fix:

  • Close Visual Studio
  • Open up the “Developer Command Prompt for VS2012” as an Administrator
    • You’ll find this program beside your normal VS program in the start menu
    • or else here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\Tools\
  • Enter this into the command prompt: “devenv /Setup”
    • The link for the C++ package was’t updated with the update, this command sets up the links correctly
  • Wait 5 to 10 minutes
    • The command prompt isn’t stalling, just let it do its thing
  • Open Visual Studio
  • Ta Da! It should be working fine



2 thoughts on “package “visual c++ package” failed to load

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    1. Hi Geri,

      Thanks for the comment 🙂
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