I was totally unable to get the install for Visual Studio 2013 to run to completion. I kept running it. It kept running a little farther than the previous time and silently quitting. There are 3 parts to the answer:

  1. Download and install the 8 GB DVD ISO file from VisualStudio.com. Do not use the much smaller online installer.
  2. After it appears to run to completion, there will still be a vs_community.exe plus two “vs…KB…..” processes running in task manager. Let them run to completion.
  3. Then reboot and it will complete installation.