Visual studio 2012 project creation failed


I have successfully installed Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop.

Whenever I try to create new C++ project it says: ... projet creation failed.

Whenever I try to create Visual Basic project message box says: Visual Studio does not have permissions to read the template information from the system registry. This is often caused by registry permissions problems..

I already tried to Repair, force uninstall with wdexpress_full.exe /uninstall /force and install KB2781514 with no good. What should I do?

Just before installing VS2012 I have uninstalled VS2013. Could this problem be cause by previously installed VS2013?


I am running Windows 7.


I have removed VS2012 and installed VC2010. Same problem.


Answer 1:

After digging the Internet almost for 2 days I have finally found the solution here (seems like it took only a half of an hour for that guy)).

  1. Open regedit.exe
  2. Locate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\VsWizard.VsWizardEngine.11.0
  3. Right click -> Permissions -> Advanced -> Owner
  4. Select “Administrators” and click “OK”
  5. Do the same to all subfolders which is under VsWizard.VsWizardEngine.11.0, if any (you might need to restart regedit to see them)
  6. Right Click VsWizard.VsWizardEngine.11.0 and click “Delete”
  7. Set permissions for VsWizard.WizCombo.11.0 folder and subfolders, and delete that one too
  8. Now you shouldn’t have any folder called VsWizard.VsWizardEngine.11.0 or VsWizard.WizCombo.11.0
  9. Open cmd.exe with administrative rights
  10. Navigate to your Microsoft Visual Studio IDE folder, by using the cd command. (usually cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\IDE or cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\IDE)
  11. Type regsvr32.exe vswizard.dll (you should get a window telling that you’ve registered that dll file)
  12. Start regedit.exe again (if you haven’t), and locate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\VsWizard.VsWizardEngine.11.0. This should have been added again
  13. Right Click -> Permissions, you should see “Administrators” and “SYSTEM” or something, click them both and enable Full Control and Read.
  14. Do the same for subfolders (should’ve been done automatically), and do it for VsWizard.WizCombo.11.0 and subfolders, which should’ve been added again.
  15. Close regedit.exe
  16. Start Visual Studio, create a new project, and watch how it works!

I guess this sould work for vs2013 too, but it’s my guess.


Also you can reset permissions for whole registry using reset registry permissions tool if other errors appear (e.g. unalbe to add lib files to project, broken icons etc.).

Answer 2:

The above didnt work for me as I kept being denied in regedit even though i was admin.

I found this on another site:

psexec -i -d -s c:\windows\regedit.exe

psexec is available from Microsoft here

This gave me full registry access. I tried to give admin owner to specific keys like above but VS 2012 express was still throwing that registry permission error. So I finally just added Administrator to the permission list of the entire HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ directory in regedit. Then gave admins full control.

This worked. I can now create a project without that infernal error!