Error 0x8007015e: Cannot Install VC++ 2012 Redist – Reboot Required

When you try to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable x64 or x86, the error 0x8007015emay appear.

Setup Failed

One or more issues caused the setup to fail. Please fix the issues and then retry setup. For more information see the log file.

0x8007015e - No action was taken as a system reboot is required.

vc++ 2012 redistributables - error 0x8007015e

If the VC++ redist is part of the game setup package (e.g., Battlefield from Origin), the following error may appear:

Error: The VC++ runtime redistributable package was not installed successfully. Setup cannot continue. (2147942750)

vc++ redist error battlefield

Note that 2147942750 is the decimal equivalent of the hex value 0x8007015e. Both errors mean one and the same. The error code’s description is “No action was taken as a system reboot is required”.

No matter how many times you reboot Windows, the same error may occur when attempting to install or repair the package. This happens even though the PendingFileRenameOperations registry value is empty.

Clicking on the “log file” link in the VC++ error message window opens the log file. However, the log shows no useful information about the error other than the following:

[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:18:59]: Burn v3.6.3542.0, Windows v6.3 (Build 9600: Service Pack 0), path: C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\{ca67548a-5ebe-413a-b50c-4b9ceb6d66c6}\vcredist_x64.exe, cmdline: '/modify'
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:18:59]: Setting string variable 'WixBundleLog' to value 'C:\Users\Ramesh\AppData\Local\Temp\dd_vcredist_amd64_20220903171859.log'
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:18:59]: Detect 2 packages
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:18:59]: Detected package: vcRuntimeMinimum_x64, state: Present, cached: Complete
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:18:59]: Detected package: vcRuntimeAdditional_x64, state: Present, cached: Complete
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:18:59]: Condition 'VersionNT64 >= v6.0 OR (VersionNT64 = v5.2 AND ServicePackLevel >= 1)' evaluates to true.
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:18:59]: Detect complete, result: 0x0
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:00]: Plan 2 packages, action: Repair
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:00]: Condition 'VersionNT64 AND (VersionNT > v6.2 OR (VersionNT = v6.2 AND (NTProductType = 1)) OR (VersionNT = v6.2 AND NOT (NTProductType = 1)) OR (VersionNT = v6.0 AND NOT (NTProductType = 1)) OR (VersionNT = v6.1 AND (NTProductType = 1)) OR (VersionNT = v6.1 AND NOT (NTProductType = 1)) OR (VersionNT = v6.0 AND (NTProductType = 1)) OR (VersionNT = v5.1) OR (VersionNT = v5.2 AND NOT (NTProductType = 1)) OR (VersionNT = v5.2 AND (NTProductType = 1)))' evaluates to true.
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:00]: Setting string variable 'WixBundleLog_vcRuntimeMinimum_x64' to value 'C:\Users\Ramesh\AppData\Local\Temp\dd_vcredist_amd64_20220903171859_0_vcRuntimeMinimum_x64.log'
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:00]: Condition 'VersionNT64 AND (VersionNT > v6.2 OR (VersionNT = v6.2 AND (NTProductType = 1)) OR (VersionNT = v6.2 AND NOT (NTProductType = 1)) OR (VersionNT = v6.0 AND NOT (NTProductType = 1)) OR (VersionNT = v6.1 AND (NTProductType = 1)) OR (VersionNT = v6.1 AND NOT (NTProductType = 1)) OR (VersionNT = v6.0 AND (NTProductType = 1)) OR (VersionNT = v5.1) OR (VersionNT = v5.2 AND NOT (NTProductType = 1)) OR (VersionNT = v5.2 AND (NTProductType = 1)))' evaluates to true.
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:00]: Setting string variable 'WixBundleLog_vcRuntimeAdditional_x64' to value 'C:\Users\Ramesh\AppData\Local\Temp\dd_vcredist_amd64_20220903171859_1_vcRuntimeAdditional_x64.log'
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:00]: Planned package: vcRuntimeMinimum_x64, state: Present, default requested: Repair, ba requested: Repair, execute: Repair, rollback: None, cache: No, uncache: No, dependency: Register
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:00]: Planned package: vcRuntimeAdditional_x64, state: Present, default requested: Repair, ba requested: Repair, execute: Repair, rollback: None, cache: No, uncache: No, dependency: Register
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:00]: Plan complete, result: 0x0
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:00]: Apply begin
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:00]: Apply complete, result: 0x8007015e, restart: Required, ba requested restart: No
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:04]: Shutting down, exit code: 0x8007015e
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:04]: Variable: NTProductType = 1
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:04]: Variable: VersionNT = 6.3.0.0
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:04]: Variable: VersionNT64 = 6.3.0.0
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:04]: Variable: WixBundleAction = 6
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:04]: Variable: WixBundleElevated = 0
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:04]: Variable: WixBundleInstalled = 1
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:04]: Variable: WixBundleLog = C:\Users\Ramesh\AppData\Local\Temp\dd_vcredist_amd64_20220903171859.log
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:04]: Variable: WixBundleLog_vcRuntimeAdditional_x64 = C:\Users\Ramesh\AppData\Local\Temp\dd_vcredist_amd64_20220903171859_1_vcRuntimeAdditional_x64.log
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:04]: Variable: WixBundleLog_vcRuntimeMinimum_x64 = C:\Users\Ramesh\AppData\Local\Temp\dd_vcredist_amd64_20220903171859_0_vcRuntimeMinimum_x64.log
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:04]: Variable: WixBundleName = Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x64) - 11.0.61030
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:04]: Variable: WixBundleOriginalSource = c:\users\ramesh\appdata\local\temp\1d75a13\pspx9_en_64\setup\runtime\msvc2012_x64\vcredist_x64.exe
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:04]: Variable: WixBundleProviderKey = {ca67548a-5ebe-413a-b50c-4b9ceb6d66c6}
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:04]: Variable: WixBundleTag = 
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:04]: Variable: WixBundleVersion = 11.0.61030.0
[226C:29CC][2022-09-03T17:19:04]: Exit code: 0x8007015e, restarting: No

Also, attempting to install the update via Windows Update may cause the following error:

vc++ 2012 redistributables - fatal error



Update for Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Update 4 Redistributable Package (KB3119142) - Error 0x80070643

Due to this issue, you may be unable to install and run some games due to missing VC++ runtimes — e.g., Apex Legends, Battlefield, etc.

Solution

To resolve the error 0x8007015e when installing Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable, delete the two remnant registry entries added during the earlier installation of Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributables.

  1. Start the Registry Editor by running regedit.exe
  2. Go to the following branch and expand the branch:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
  3. Look for a subkey named “{ca67548a-5ebe-413a-b50c-4b9ceb6d66c6}.RebootRequired
  4. Right-click “{ca67548a-5ebe-413a-b50c-4b9ceb6d66c6}.RebootRequired” and choose Delete.
    vc redist rebootrequired registry key
    Caution: Do not delete the “{ca67548a-5ebe-413a-b50c-4b9ceb6d66c6}” key.
  5. Look for a subkey named “{33d1fd90-4274-48a1-9bc1-97e33d9c2d6f}.RebootRequired
  6. Right-click “{33d1fd90-4274-48a1-9bc1-97e33d9c2d6f}.RebootRequired” and choose Delete.
    Caution: Do not delete the “{33d1fd90-4274-48a1-9bc1-97e33d9c2d6f}” key.
  7. Exit the Registry Editor.

If one of the above keys doesn’t exist, ignore it and proceed to the next step.

For your information

  • {ca67548a-5ebe-413a-b50c-4b9ceb6d66c6} – GUID for Microsoft VC++ Redist 2012 x64
  • {33d1fd90-4274-48a1-9bc1-97e33d9c2d6f} – GUID for Microsoft VC++ Redist 2012 x86

During installation, the Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 setup creates the above key(s). But the setup fails to clear the key after the reboot.

You should be able to install or repair VC++ Redist 2012 now.


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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

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