Program Compatibility Mode Interferes with Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 Install

Program Compatibility Mode Interferes with Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 Install

I ran into some interesting issues with Visual Studio and figured in order to quash this bug I should make sure that all my plugins/extensions were all up to date. In doing so, I discovered that I was missing VS2013 Update 3. How could that happen? Well, I clicked the button to update and it downloaded a copy of VS2013.3.exe via Chrome (my default browser).
Upon clicking on the downloaded file, I was greeted by the following error:
Searching for the error “Windows Compatibility mode is on. Turn it off and then try Setup again.” returned quite a bit of wasted time investigating and trying possible solutions. Most involved setting up compatibility settings for an uninstaller, not an installer.
Well, out of frustration, rather than launching the executable from within the browser, I tried to run it directly from downloads folder (first using “Run As Administrator” and then, to check, just opening it via normal click) and voila, problem solved..
Hopefully this will help some other programmer from wasting a good deal of time trying to figure this one out. Not sure WHY it happened this way but this is a quick and easy fix.

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Michael Gibbs

I'm a technologist at heart, assisting companies best utilize the Internet to market themselves and sell their products and services online. This includes organizations as large as Google and as small as one or two individuals.
At Over The Top and Exhibit A Communications, I've programmed solutions for Google as well as at least one other company that was later acquired by Google.

I've been CTO of an Internet SaaS company and spent my time pretty evenly between guiding the future technical strategy of the company, architecting software solutions for my dev teams, designing and running a data center to service our clients world-wide as well as being a technical evangalist/sales engineer to our media clients large and small.

I've also been Chief Photographer of the Daily Sun/Post newspaper back when it was a 5-day a week daily newspaper.

I also spent a great many years as a beach lifeguardfor the City of San Clemente as well as Jr. Lifeguard instructor and then as it's program coordinator.
Bragging rights
Private Pilot with Instrument rating and proud husband of soon to be 25 years (and counting).
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