Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable (x64) returns error 0x80240017 when installed on Windows Server 2012 R2

We had a request for a windows 2012 R2 server from our electronic team. I built the server, used WSUS to patch it then checked with the MS servers for updates. I scanned one more time and it came back fully patched, but the team was not able to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2015. After a lot of back and forth, I found a post on MSDN forum about this issue. Turns out there is a KB that doesn’t seem to be provided by WUS automatically. its KB 2919335. Here’s the notes from the post:


Visual Studio 2015 C++ Redistributable requires Windows Server 2012 R2 with Update (KB2919335).

KB2919335 will not install without KB2919442 already being installed.

However, at the present time, KB2919442 is not provided automatically via Windows Update to Windows Server 2012 R2.

Your original suggestion of installing KB2919442 is along the right lines.  The actual fix is:

1. Download and install KB2919442.

2. Run windows update, which will download and install KB2919335.  Alternatively manually download and install KB2919335.

3. Install Visual Studio 2015 C++ Redistributable.

Once I installed KB2919335 and rebooted. I had about 175 more patches waiting for me…. ?patch photo

Now I’m on the search on how to deploy this KB automatically to the rest of our 2012 R2 server next patch window.