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Update or Rollback to Avoid Bugs in Microsoft Windows 10

Several bugs in recent updates to Microsoft Windows 10 cause Visual Studio to crash when certain extensions, including Visual Assist, are installed:

  1. Windows 10 Version 1703 Build 15063.608, issued Sept 12th, broke a hook mechanism.
  2. Windows 10 (64-bit) Version 1709 (Fall Creators Update), released Oct 17th, broke CreateWindowEx().

Microsoft released a fix for the first bug November 14th. A fix for the second bug will be released, at the earliest, mid-December.

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 to fix the hook mechanism.
  3. Start your trial of Visual Assist.

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 to fix the hook mechanism.
  4. Start your trial of Visual Assist.

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

  1. Wait for a fix for the CreateWindowEx() bug, mid-December at earliest, before starting your trial of Visual Assist.

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