Install this update to restore the Visual C++ compilers and libraries that may have been removed when Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) was installed. The compilers and libraries are part of the Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit for Windows 7 and the .NET Framework 4 (later referred to as the Windows SDK 7.1).
Important: Before you install this update, review the readme, which has the latest information about this release.
Microsoft revealed that the “impact may be as indicated below:
If Visual Studio 2010 Professional is installed, then the IA64 compiler and Visual C++ libraries are removed.
If Visual Studio 2010 Express (any edition) is installed, then the x64 and IA64 compilers and Visual C++ libraries are removed.
Visual Studio 2010 Premium and Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate are unaffected.”
The Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Compiler Update for the Windows SDK 7.1 is designed precisely to fix this issue.
The Redmond company promises that by installing the refresh, the Visual C++ compilers and libraries removed by the Visual Studio 2010 SP1 installation, will be restored.
“We recommend that users of the Windows SDK don’t install Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 at this time. We are currently working on an update to fix this issue and will update this page when it becomes available,” Microsoft stated.
Of course, those developers that want to deploy SP1 for Visual Studio 2010 and still use all the Visual C++ 2010 compilers can simply also install the update provided by Microsoft.
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