You cannot use C++ new project wizards and other VC++ project upgrade issues after you install a Visual Studio 2012 language pack

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Symptoms

Assume that you install a Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 language pack after Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 is applied on the computer. When you set the newly installed language to be the active language for Visual Studio 2012, you may encounter the following scenarios:
  • You cannot use a new project wizard to create new project that uses the Win32 Project or MFC Application template. Specifically, the wizard will silently return to the New Project dialog after you click Finish.
  • You cannot upgrade projects from earlier versions. For example, you cannot update Visual C++ (VC++) 6.0 through VC++ 9.0 projects to Visual Studio 2012 (VC++ 11.0). Additionally, you receive an error message that resembles the following:
    The element type "None" is not supported by this project element
  • The C++ build tools output is displayed in an incorrect language.
  • Team Foundation Server (TFS) strings are in English instead of in the active language.

Cause

This issue occurs because some Visual Studio components are detected as a downgrade from the components in Visual Studio 2012 Update 1. Therefore, the language pack does not install them.

Resolution

To resolve this issue, download and install the latest release of Visual Studio 2012 Update package from the Microsoft Download Center. The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
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Download the latest Visual Studio 2012 Update package now.
For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart your computer after you install this package.

Workaround

To work around this issue, follow these steps:
  1. Uninstall Visual Studio 2012 Update 1:
    1. Click Start, click Control Panel, click Programs, and then click Programs and Features.
    2. Click View installed updates, right-click Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 (KB2707250), and then click Uninstall.
  2. Repair Visual Studio 2012:
    1. Click Start, click Control Panel, click Programs, and then click Programs and Features.
    2. Right-click the Visual Studio 2012 shortcut that you want to repair, and then click Change.
    3. Click Repair when the Visual Studio 2012 Setup wizard opens.
  3. Reinstall Visual Studio 2012 Update 1. The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

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    Download
    Download the Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 package now. For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
    Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

Properties

Article ID: 2784294 - Last Review: April 4, 2013 - Revision: 3.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Premium 2012
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2012
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2012
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop
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