Description of Visual Studio 2013 Update 5

About Visual Studio 2013 Update 5
Microsoft released Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 on July 20, 2015. Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 includes the latest software updates and feature additions. 

More information about Visual Studio product updates is also available on the Visual Studio website.

Support for Visual Studio 2013 is only provided on this current update, which is considered the Visual Studio 2013 Service Pack. The Visual Studio 2013 RTM version, released in November of 2013, will only be supported for one year after the release of this current update. For more information see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy.
How to obtain Visual Studio 2013 Update 5
Visual Studio 2013 updates are cumulative releases. The following download links always direct you to the latest update:If you do not have Visual Studio 2013 (original-release version), run one of the following downloads to install both Visual Studio 2013 and Update 5.

Products that the Visual Studio 2013 update package applies to
  • Feedback Client for Team Foundation Server 2013
  • Microsoft Build Tools 2013
  • Team Explorer for Visual Studio 2013
  • Visual Studio 2013 Shell (Integrated)
  • Visual Studio 2013 Shell (Isolated)
  • Visual Studio Community 2013
  • Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop
  • Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web
  • Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows
  • Visual Studio Premium 2013
  • Visual Studio Professional 2013
  • Visual Studio Test Professional 2013
  • Visual Studio Ultimate 2013

To see previous VS 2013 Update KB articles, check out the full list of Visual Studio 2013 Updates.
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How to install Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 
For installation guidance for Visual Studio products, see the following articles:

Note If you experience an error when you try to download a source package, select "Download packages from the Internet," and then click Retry in the setup window.
Fixed bugs and known issues in Visual Studio 2013 Update 5
To discover what is new in Visual Studio 2013 Update 5, see the Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 release notes.

Fixed bugs


  • Capturing depth buffers on version 9.3 hardware is now supported. This enables support for graphics debugging Unity-based applications that run on Windows Phone.

Visual Studio IDE

  • After you install Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Update 4, a critical notification in the Notification Hub may indicate that you must obtain or renew a developer license. If you dismiss this notice, and then you open another project, the critical notification appears again.

    For more information, go to the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

  • When you build a Windows Store application that requires WinRT registrations, you no longer receive the System.TypeLoadException exception at runtime.
  • Assume that you have set your default browser to Spartan on Windows 10 Insider Preview. When you press F1 on a keyword or a tool window, you may found all online help calls now fail and you cannot get to any online help content.
  • When you have been previously connected to another collection, you could not branch unless Visual Studio is restarted. With this Update this issue no longer exists.
  • With this update, you will no longer see an unhelpful message after attempting to check in a set of pending changes to a team project that was previously renamed.
  • Some edits are no longer lost in your server workspace for pending changes in the client.

Team Foundation Server

  • SharePoint documents that have names that contains too many Unicode characters no longer open incorrectly when you try to open them by using Team Explorer.
  • In Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 4, you cannot submit feedback by using Feedback Client when you are at the stakeholder license level. However, in Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 5, you can submit feedback by using Feedback Client when you are at the stakeholder license level.
  • When you change a work item simultaneously with another user in Web Access, you no longer experience one of the following issues:
    • A work item is saved successfully. However, if you changed the State field and you set the Reason field to a non-default value, the Reason field value is reverted to the default.
    • A work item is not saved and you receive a "Field 'State' cannot be empty" error message.
  • You are no longer blocked from using the warehouse when you have data that is identical except for differences in white space (for example, "Debug" and "Debug ").
  • The tf merge command no longer freezes in an infinite loop in prc_PendMerge for cyclically renamed folders that have previously deleted subfolders.
  • As a Git user, you can now perform a shallow clone of an annotate tag against a Git repo that is hosted on a TFS instance.
  • Work Items that have DateTime field values that are entered outside of the current daylight saving time period no longer appear incorrectly in Web Access.
  • When you restore database backups by using TFS backup tool, both the log file (.ldf) and data file (.mdf) are no longer restored to same location if SQL Server is set for different locations.
  • New performance improvements are made for reports such as "Build success over time," "Burndown dashboard," "Burndown and burn rate," and "Stories overview."
  • When you download changes in a remote repository, your configuration file is no longer replaced by a specially crafted file. Your configuration file resides outside the repository. By replacing this file with a bad file, the Git commands could be remapped in order to execute arbitrary commands that run under your credentials. In this situation, a bad file could be introduced to the Git repository.

    For more information about this problem, see KB 3023577 Issue affects Git integration in Visual Studio 2013 Update 4.
  • If you have permission to view events, you can now receive team notifications if the creator of the team subscription does not have permission to view those events.
  • We have improved the performance when you use TFS in Web Access.
  • Pinned charts are now better displayed. The legend is no longer hidden and there is a better alignment of the charts.
  • Certain rules on work items that are related to their attachments and work item links now run correctly.
  • If you have a tool that prevents COM from registration during CLR startup (like Fusion logging), you can now disable pull requests in order to allow the Job Agent to run normally.

Known issues


Important Follow the steps in this section carefully. Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before you modify it, back up the registry for restoration in case problems occur.
  • Assume that you have upgrade your operating system to Windows 10 Technical Preview. The WebTest recorder plug-in for Internet Explorer does not load when it tries to record a web performance test from Visual Studio.

    To work around this issue, delete the following registry keys:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Discardable\PostSetup\Component Categories
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Discardable\PostSetup\Component Categories64

Unit Testing

  • When you upgrade to Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 from an earlier version, you may found the existing Unit Test Application (Windows Phone) Visual C# projects will not build.

    To work around this issue, repair the Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 installation.
More information
How to download Microsoft support files

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


Restart requirement

You may have to restart your computer after you install this package.

Supported operating systems

For more information about supported operating systems, see Platform compatibility and system requirements for Visual Studio 2013.

Supported architectures

  • 32-bit (x86)
  • 64-bit (x64) (WOW)

Hardware requirements

  • 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) of RAM (1.5 GB if you are running in a virtual machine)
  • 8.5 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5,400-RPM hard disk drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card that is running at a resolution of 1024 × 768 or higher

Software requirements

To apply this update, you must have one of the supported Visual Studio 2013 programs that are listed in the "Applies to" section installed.

Support for Visual Studio 2013 Update 5

Informal community support for Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 is available through the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) forums.

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