Visual Studio 2013 installation crashing on Windows 8.1

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Stefan Singer

After doing a clean install of Windows 8.1 on my Macbook Air using Bootcamp (even though Microsoft decided to remove it from the Windows App Store due to a shitstorm of error reports), I also decided to do an install of the brand spanking new Visual Studio 2013

One of the errors I’m getting is that any Visual studio installation crashes immediately (winexpress_full, vs_ultimate etc).

The error message

“Microsoft visual studio express 2013 for Windows – ENU has stopped working
A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.”

What seems to be the issue?

After doing some research using Google, it seems that the Visual Studio Splash screen is implemented with WPF. I can’t really say why, but it seems to be a bug with Intel 5000 HD drivers (I also managed to locate that Nvidia has similar problems).

The fix

You need to locate a specific driver update for your graphics card. In my case, I found a beta driver that resolved the issue.

Download Intel® Iris™ and HD graphics Beta Driver for Windows 8.1* (64bits) here

Got a list of other drivers that resolves the issue? Please post them and I’ll update the post.

Good luck!

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