Description of Visual Studio 2012 Update 3

Applies to: Visual Studio Ultimate 2012Visual Studio Premium 2012Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 More


Microsoft released Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 (Visual Studio 2012.3) on June 26, 2013. This update introduces new technology improvements in TFS build. Additionally, this update also fixed various issues.

How to obtain Visual Studio 2012 Update 3

Visual Studio 2012 updates are cumulative releases that include the new features and fixes that were delivered in previous releases. The following download link always points you to the latest update. For a list of all updates that have been released for Visual Studio 2012, click here .

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Updates for other products in the Visual Studio family can be found on the Microsoft download site for Visual Studio.

Note Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server (TFS) installation mechanics are different. The Visual Studio update installs on top of whatever is already installed on the computer. The TFS update is a full layout that replaces whatever is installed on the computer. Before you try to apply the TFS update, make sure that you have a full backup of your current databases. If the TFS update installation fails, you will be unable to restart the update or roll back to the earlier version of TFS without performing a restore procedure.

For installation guidance for Visual Studio products, see:

How to install Visual Studio

How to install Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio ALM

New technology improvements and fixed issues in Visual Studio 2012 Update 3

Technology improvements

The following technology improvements have been made in Visual Studio 2012.3.

Fixed issues

Note Unless otherwise indicated, linked items take you to Microsoft Connect webpages.

Known issues for Visual Studio 2012 Update 3

Microsoft Knowledge Base article Description
KB2885212 You can’t attach project collections that are detached from TFS 2010 or TFS 2012

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