#StackBounty: #windows-7 #visual-studio-2012 Visual Studio 2012: cl.exe -1073741701 on x86 only

Bounty: 50

I’m using Visual Studio 2012 Professional updated to SP5 under Windows 7 SP1 with latest updates.
I needed Visual Studio 2015 for some time, installed then uninstalled it with standard uninstaller.

But today I needed to build Webkit for Windows, and its build script ran vswhere.exe and detected some parts from Visual Studio 2015 as “working” installation, so I needed “full” uninstall for VS2015, which I found here: https://github.com/Microsoft/VisualStudioUninstaller.
I ran it once, and VS2015 disappeared from vswhere.exe output.

But now I have a problem:
Every app I trying to compile with VS2012 gives “cl.exe terminated abnormally with code -1073741701”.

I tried :

  • Reinstalled VS2012 with or without SP5 multiple times, including clean reinstall (uninstall main, uninstall dependencies, install again), still same error.
  • Tried to repair VS2012.
  • I tried to run C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0VCbincl.exe, it says “mspdb110.dll not found”.
  • I copied
    Msobj110.dll,
    Mspdb110.dll,
    Mspdbcore.dll and
    Mspdbsrv.exe
    from
    C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0Common7IDE
    and added to the PATH
    C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0Common7IDE. Still same error.

If I switch project platform to x64, it compiles and runs without a problem. Only x86 compiler cannot run and gives the error above. Sometimes there is a popup in VS2012 that “cl.exe cannot run code 0xc000007b”.

If I run
C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0VCvcvarsall.bat x86,
I can run cl.exe and even compile working 32-bit apps, but inside Visual Studio 2012 IDE it fails to run cl.exe every time, no matter what I do.

Please help me to fix it.

I think maybe it’s something to do with .NET Framework (I have 4.5, 4.6 and 4.7 installed) in the MSBuild folder. Maybe I need to reinstall .NET Framework SDK somehow? If possible, I want to avoid reinstalling OS.

EDIT:
Started a bounty. Still have a same problem.

I tried to insert run cl.exe without parameters in “Run before build…” script, and it runs from there! But afterward the IDE runs cl.exe from .NET environment and gives:

C:Program Files (x86)MSBuildMicrosoft.Cppv4.0V110Microsoft.CppCommon.targets(347,5): error MSB6006: “CL.exe” terminated error code -1073741701

If I select x64 platform, cl.exe runs everywhere perfectly fine.
If I run vcvarsall.bat x86, I can run cl.exe and compile.

The only thing I need to fix is some path in environment which used for Win32 x86 build from Visual Studio 2012 IDE. I can reinstall .NET Framework or Visual Studio (tried it but anyway) or edit some MSBuild configurations. Please tell me where possible to fix. The only thing I cannot do is reinstall OS, as I have a lot of software and reinstall will take a LOT of time.

UPDATE:
Tried to uninstall everything, including .NET Framework 4.5, 4.6, 4.7 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008, 2012. Then installed Visual Studio 2012 Professional RTM. After install on first run I opened test app and got same error as above…
x64 version works. Same after installing SP5.


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