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How to Fix KB 3119142’s Reinstallation Loop

home-alone-with-malwareHave you had issues with KB 3119142? If so, you’re one of the many users that faced a continuous reinstalling of the update on Win10 devices, even after it was successfully installed the first time. Users have shared negative experience on Microsoft Community forums.

Here is what one user has said:

On Jan 12, 2016, the Windows 10 update for Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Update 4 Redistributable Package (KB3119142) went into an endless loop downloading, and installing over 25 times already. Any fixes for this bug?

Before we proceed with outlining a solution to the KB 3119142-related problem, let’s see what the update is about. Here’s the official MS description:

This article describes a run-time error that you may encounter when you build a Visual C++ application. An update is available to resolve this issue. For more information about this issue, see “About this issue” in the “Resolution” section.

It’s safe to assume that Microsoft’s ‘good intentions’ to fix software issues usually bring about more issues. Will Microsoft ever bother to explain?

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What do users say about the illogical KB 3119142 reinstallation loop?

One user, Arne, has shared that each reinstallation of the update was deemed successful, which is odd as well, to say the least. His fix for the endless loop of ‘successful’ reinstallations looks like that:

  • Go to Programs and Features’ list of installed programs;
  • Right click on Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x64) – 11.0.61030.
  • Click on Change, then click on Repair.

After the repair was completed, the user was prompted to restart his machine. Since we haven’t tested this solution ourselves, we cannot confirm that it works. However, by gathering and analyzing users’ opinions, it appears that the fix worked on some computers but did not on others.

Furthermore, the endless KB 3119142 loop is happening on various machines:

I have 2 out of 3 computers doing the same thing. one is brand new win 10 64bit the other and old win xp updates to win 10 32 bit. Oddly 1 of my win7 updated to win10 64 bit is OK WHY? WHY Microsoft!!!!!!

So, the logical question to be asked is…

How should users fix the nuisance caused by Microsoft and their buggy update KB 3119142?

Surprisingly or not, an official fix has not been released by Microsoft, and not for the first time users had to deal with the trouble themselves. Arne’s solution, quoted above, appears to be quite close to the truth, with a little yet important addition by another user, LennieB:

  • Go to Control Panel -> Programs & Features
  • Left Click on the Visual C++ 2012 program (11.0.61030.0)
  • Click Change -> Repair
  • Do this to both x64 and x86

The inclusion of both x64 and x86 should repair the KB 3119142 problem.

Milena Dimitrova

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