Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 fails with error ‘The pipe is being closed”

When you want to install Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 you may hit the error ‘The pipe is being closed”.


Do not waste your time to download the Update 3 using:

VS2012.3.exe /layout

option. It is waste of time.

The one and the only way to make it work is to download the Update 3 iso from MSDN.

Once you have this downloaded, and extracted/mounted/burnt you need to open an administrative CMD window and navigate to …\packages\WinACK\ and install these 2 patches:

I. Windows App Certification Kit x64-x86_en-us.msp

II. Windows App Certification Kit Native Components-x64_en-us.msp


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Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress ( till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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2 Responses to Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 fails with error ‘The pipe is being closed”

  1. Bill Kuhn says:

    I give up. Tried your method (and other suggested methods). Now I can’t even do a repair or uninstall of the original installation. I actually liked VS2012, but since Microsoft can’t make an installer that works I guess I’m back to VS2010 (I hope it will install).
    I wish there were real alternatives to Visual Studio.

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