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Update or Rollback to Avoid Bugs in Microsoft Windows 10

Two bugs in recent updates to Microsoft Windows 10 cause Visual Studio to crash when certain extensions, including Visual & Installer, are installed. Microsoft fixed one of the bugs, a broken hook mechanism, in its November 14, 2017, update. Microsoft acknowledged that the second bug, which causes CreateWindowEx() to fail, exists in Windows 10 (64-bit) Fall Creators Update (Version 1709).

If you run Windows 10 and you have not installed the Fall Creators Update:

  1. Defer installation of the Fall Creators Update to avoid CreateWindowEx() failures.
  2. Install the November 14th update to version 1703.

If you run Windows 10 and you installed the Fall Creators Update in the last ten days:

  1. Rollback to the previous version of Windows, if possible, to avoid CreateWindowEx() failures.
  2. Defer installation of the Fall Creators Update.
  3. Install the November 14th update to version 1703.

If you run Windows 10, you installed the Fall Creators Update, and you cannot rollback:

  1. Install the November 14th update to version 1709.
  2. Install Visual & Installer 1.0.4.1, which mitigates CreateWindowEx() failures for some users.
  3. If Visual Studio crashes disable Visual & Installer and wait for Microsoft to fix the CreateWindowEx() bug, mid-December at earliest, before resuming normal use of Visual & Installer.

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Thank you for your patience as we work around these Windows bugs.

unSigned team