TFS & Visual Studio ALM – by Neno Loje

(formerly Team System, VSTS)

Hotfix KB 971092 for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 install problems

July 29th, 2009 · 33 Comments · Troubleshooting TFS, VSTS

Windows Update for VS repeats indefinitely Applies to:

Security Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (KB971092)


The update installs successfully and but will be offered again by Windows Update as a new update. This can be repeated indefinitely.


the standalone installer tells you that this update "does not apply, or is blocked by another condition on your system".

Workaround (found here):

  1. Download the stand-alone version of VS90SP1-KB971092-x86.exe.
  2. Start the installation VS90SP1-KB971092-x86.exe
  3. Wait for the error message to come up – do not close the window
  4. Copy the temp. folder where the patch has been unpacked to a new folder, for example onto your desktop.
  5. Close VS90SP1-KB971092-x86.exe that you started in step 2.
  6. Navigate to {Program Files}\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\Tools and find vsvars32.bat.
  7. Change the permissions on the file to allow everyone to edit it.
  8. Start VS90SP1-KB971092-x86.msp from within the saved folder and the process should complete.
  9. You may want to reset permissions that you gave in step 7.


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