Visual Studio 2013 Setup Blocked: The product version that you are trying to set up is earlier than the version already installed on this computer. [FIXED]

So I was rebuilding my personal machine for the holidays and an error:

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So basically saying that I already installed VS2013 here, odd.

To fix this, simply opening  the log file by clicking the link to it and it will open notepad.

I read latest entry on this log, before the error occurred.

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So it says that it saw a ‘bundle’ that’s of version 12.0.21005.13. I bet this is in the registry!

Here’s a snip of my log:

[1940:2F1C][2013-12-23T19:05:47]i102: Detected related bundle: {cd09eea6-d0b3-4246-bb80-e047ceadf61f}, type: Upgrade, scope: PerMachine, version: 12.0.21005.13, operation: Downgrade
[1940:2F1C][2013-12-23T19:05:47]i000: MUX:  Detected related bundle. Installing bundle Lcid:1033  related bundle tag: vs_ultimate,1033
[1940:2F1C][2013-12-23T19:05:47]i000: MUX:  A higher version bundle has already been installed.
[1940:2F1C][2013-12-23T19:05:47]e000: Error 0x80070642: BA aborted detect related bundle.
[1940:2F1C][2013-12-23T19:05:47]e000: Error 0x80070642: Failed to report detected related bundles.
[1940:2F1C][2013-12-23T19:05:47]i000: MUX:  Success Block: HigherVersionBlock : The product version that you are trying to set up is earlier than the version already installed on this computer.
[1940:2F1C][2013-12-23T19:05:47]i000: MUX:  Detect Completed
[1940:2F1C][2013-12-23T19:05:47]i000: MUX:  Wait for View to be loaded
[1940:0464][2013-12-23T19:05:47]i000: MUX:  Detect Completed, now create view
[1940:2F1C][2013-12-23T19:05:47]i000: MUX:  View loaded
[1940:2F1C][2013-12-23T19:05:47]i000: MUX:  Go to Blocker page.
[1940:2F1C][2013-12-23T19:05:47]i199: Detect complete, result: 0x80070642

As you can see, it has a GUID, copy this and lets fire up our registry editor (Win + R, Regedit).

On the Registry Editor, click Edit then Find or CTRL + F. On the find dialog box, paste the copied GUID then click Find Next.

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Found this entry on the registry:

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<Insert DOG Here with Caption: I don’t have idea what I’m doing>

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I really don’t have any idea what’s going to happen at this point, Its just it has a GUID and it has versions… It’s a leap of faith… But not to do this on production, its MY Personal machine so I can do this..

Looking back at the error its telling us that we are installing a lowever version or what I think is that the actual operator is if Less than or EQUAL. That’s why its saying theres already a version installed in my PC.

The next logical thing to do is to ‘downgrade’ the one on the registry. To do this, doubleclick the entry and edit the value to a lower decimal.

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Me, I replaced the Bundle Version 12.0.21005.13 to 12.0.21000.13. (Then Chuckles Internally).

 

Click OK and then, we may want to edit also the Display Version, just in case.

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Then lets try to install again!

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Viola! Problem Solved! (I think)

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Setup is running nicely and I moved to E: drive, where all of my programs reside.

So there you have it, a registry entry fix for installing VS2013.

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johndelizo

I'm John and in the daytime I am the Chief Technology Officer of VFTS.NET - a consulting firm that specializes on development and deployment of business solutions created with .NET framework on Windows platform and Windows infrastructure projects. I am a core member of the Philippine Windows Users Group, a contributor at the Microsoft Philippines Community forums and I regularly conduct technical sessions as well as other Microsoft technology events. I am a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in the Cloud and Datacenter Management Technical Expertise but away from any keyboard I spend hours reading books, travel, explore, and being busy with my dog named Floppy.

12 thoughts on “Visual Studio 2013 Setup Blocked: The product version that you are trying to set up is earlier than the version already installed on this computer. [FIXED]”

  1. The problem that I have was that I tried to install visual studio online and for some reason setup failed and again I tried then it shows the above error. I figured I have to uninstall visual studio from control panel. And that worked for me.
    So first check if you have vs already installed from control panel.
    the try the above solution.

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