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Unreal won't build package my game because Visual Studio isnt installed. Please help.

It says I have to install Visual Studio 2015 but I can't install it because of my windows. I never used to get this problem in UE 4.10, even though I never had VS installed. is their anyway around it?

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asked May 13 '16 at 09:11 AM in Packaging & Deployment

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avatar image Matthew J May 13 '16 at 02:49 PM

Hello I Create Art!,

If there is no code in your project, the only reason it should be giving you this message when attempting to package would be due to using a plugin that needs to compile its code. Do you have any plugins installed that could be causing this? If so, can you try disabling them to see if the message goes away? If not, you should be fine with using Visual Studio 2015 Express rather than getting the full version which is a fairly lightweight version of it. This'll allow you to use any plugins you wish without being stopped by messages like this.

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We haven't heard from you in a while, I Create Art!. Are you still experiencing this issue? If so, Have you tried doing what I mentioned in my previous post, about the plugins? In the meantime, I'll be marking this issue as resolved for tracking purposes. Whenever you're available, please leave a comment and the question will reopen.

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answered May 19 '16 at 03:26 PM

avatar image martin_vr Aug 22 '17 at 07:15 AM

I suddenly have the exact same issue. I've been packaging thousands times without the need for Visual Studio until I saw that my Oculus Audio plugin was disabled. I enabled it and suddenly UE4.14.2 asked for Visual Studio. But when I unchecked the same plugin it kept asking for it. Even after doing a clean install of UE4.17.1 it keeps asking. How to revert back to an installation without the need for Visual Studio?

Cheers, Martin

avatar image Matthew J Aug 22 '17 at 07:32 PM

Hello Martin_vr,

It shouldn't be continuing to require you to have Visual Studio if the plugin is truly disabled which leads me to believe that there may be a trace of it still in the project. Can you right-click the project's .uproject file, edit it in a Text Editor such as Notepad and see if there is a listing for that particular plugin in there?

If so, try deleting the listing completely and see if it helps. If not, I would suggest using the in-editor tools to migrate all of your content to a brand new project. This should be fairly simple if you aren't using any code as it can move everything over to a new project seamlessly.

avatar image FilAl May 21 '18 at 10:13 AM

Hello staff!

Thank you for your answer, but sadly migrating to a new project doesn't work. Moreover, the issue happens in other project as well. It seems like an editor issue.

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