Link.exe crashes with a fatal LNK1000 error when you use /WHOLEARCHIVE switch

This article helps you resolve the problem that link.exe crashes with a LNK1000 error when you use /WHOLEARCHIVE switch.

Original product version:   Visual Studio 2015
Original KB number:   4020481


If you use the /WHOLEARCHIVE switch together with link.exe in Microsoft Visual Studio 2015, you receive an error message that resembles the following:

LINK : fatal error LNK1000: unknown error at 000000013FA24241; consult documentation for technical support options


This problem occurs in rare cases because link.exe might not handle import objects and incremental linking correctly if it uses the /WHOLEARCHIVE switch.


The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
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To apply this hotfix, you must have Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 installed.

Restart requirement

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix if no instance of Visual Studio is being used.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix doesn't replace other hotfixes.


For more information about the /WHOLEARCHIVE switch, see /WHOLEARCHIVE (Include All Library Object Files).