Troubleshooting the Windows SDK Installation

Visual Studio 2010

This document can help you troubleshoot general issues that can occur when you download and install the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and the .NET Framework 4 (later referred to as the Windows SDK). The Release Notes contain additional information about how to troubleshoot issues that may occur when you use specific features.

If this document does not address your issue, send your installation log to The Windows SDK team can help you troubleshoot the issue. The installation log is typically named SDKSetupLog.txt and is typically located in the %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Temp\ folder.

You cannot use the setup.exe /q command-line switch to install the Windows SDK on a command line in quiet mode. Installation requires you to view and accept the Microsoft Software License Terms, and that is not possible on the command line.

The Windows SDK web installer may not be able to download the files if the connection is not reliable. If the web installer fails, delete the %temp%\sdksetup\ folder and then retry the web installer. If the web installer continues to fail, download the ISO image to your computer and use it to install the Windows SDK.

Confirm that your ISO image is not corrupted. To do this, compare the values of the ISO image with the expected values in the online Release Notes. If the values do not match, delete the ISO image file and download it again.

An ISO image file is an exact representation of a CD or DVD. This representation includes both the content of a CD or DVD and its logical format. You can work with ISO images in one of three ways:

  • You can write ISO image files to a blank CD-R or DVD-R to create a copy of the original disc.

  • You can open and work with an ISO image file as you would work with a compressed file such as a .zip file.

  • You can mount an ISO image file and access it as a virtual device.

The following resources can help you start working with ISO image files.

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