Applies to: All Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 editions


  • In November 2020, the content of this article was updated to clarify the affected products, prerequisites, restart requirements, and installation verification procedure. 

  • In November 2018, the package installer was updated to require Update 3 as a prerequsite.

How to obtain and install the update

Method 1: Microsoft Download

The following file is available for download:

Download Download the hotfix package now.

Method 2: Microsoft Update Catalog

To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

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To apply this security update, you must have both Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 and the subsequent Cumulative Servicing Release KB 3165756 installed. Typically, KB 3165756 is installed automatically when you install Visual Studio 2015 Update 3. However, in some cases, you have to install the two packages separately.

Restart requirement

We recommend that you close Visual Studio 2015 before you install this security update. Otherwise, you may have to restart the computer after you apply this security update if a file that is being updated is open or in use by Visual Studio.

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Installation verification

To verify that this security update is applied correctly, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Visual Studio 2015 program folder.

  2. Locate the Microsoft.VisualStudio.DesignTools.Utility file.

  3. Verify that the file version is equal to or greater than 14.0.27530.

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