the operation returned because the timeout period expired

Category: visual studio setup


operation returned because timeout period expired on Fri, 18 Nov 2016 22:35:24

Hi everyone,

I was trying to modify my visual studio 2015 so that I can have common c++ tools available for my visual studio (not online but in local storage). But every time I did that and the progress bar will go until finished, it just turns out a warning with optional items :"the operation returned because the timeout period expired".

Has anyone come across this problem? Any suggestions would be appreciated.



Joyce Yin on Mon, 21 Nov 2016 05:33:46

Hi Davis,

Welcome to MSDN forum.

Please have a look at the following:

1. Please confirm the current use is a local administrator and run the VS installer as administrator

2. Have a try with Windows Update Troubleshooter to see if it works or not.

3. Run the command: sfc /scannow in the elevated command prompt to verify the required system files.

Before installation, please disable any anti-virus software and clear up the %temp% folder

If there have any installation issues, I need your help to the VS installation log. Please use to gather the installation logs. After using it, you will find under %temp% folder. Please upload the file to and share the link here.

Best regards,