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  1. Create a "remove all remnants of Visual Studio from your system" program.

    I'm writing this on behalf of the thousands of other Visual Studio users out there who have had nightmares trying to uninstall previous versions of VS. Thus cumulatively losing hundreds of thousands of productive work hours.

    During this year, I had installed the following programs/components on my system:
    * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Desktop
    * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web
    * Team Foundation Server Express
    * SQL Server Express
    * SQL Server Data Tools
    * LightSwitch 2011 trial (which created a VS 2010 installation)
    * Visual Studio 2010 Tools for SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2
    * Entity Framework…

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      32 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thank you very much for your feedback. We are aware of this issue and we are evaluating whether we are able to address it in a future release. In the meantime, have you tried our uninstall /force feature? You are able to use this feature even if you have already uninstalled Visual Studio:
      http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2771441/EN-US#Force
      I understand that this does not completely meet your needs but I am hopeful that it will help resolve some of the issues you described above.

      Thanks again for taking the time to provide feedback.

      Kelly Berman
      Visual Studio Program Manager

    • Make the Visual Studio installer more customizable

      Let one don't install some components if one don't need it - for example Silverlight development support, visual designers for WPF or Windows Forkflow, or unit testing (many developers use third-party solutions like NUnit and don't use VS built-in testing tools).

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        69 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Use Nuget to install most of the components

        Visual Studio could be a lightweight shell with only the basic project templates installed. Whenever you then need to add new template such as Windows Phone, Silverlight, Azure, ... you could create an empty project and use NuGet to install all the extra files and UI to get it to work. And as is the case with NuGet, this install is relative to the solution/project that you are using. NuGet all of these artifacts from an official package server, and link it locally to the solution.

        This would be benificial for us 'consultancy' folk to keep VS to a minimal…

        634 votes
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          under review  ·  16 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow users to install entirely to another hard drive

          Allow a user to install *all* of Visual Studio to a drive other than the system drive. I have a very small SSD and find it infuriating that Visual Studio can only install a third to my mechanical drive and must install 4GB to my system drive.

          112 votes
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            4 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make the installation of Visual Studio light-weight and fast

            What?
            Installing Visual Studio takes too long

            Why?
            There's a lot of stuff that the VS installer installs that I probably never is going to use.

            Proposal:
            Make modules and packages install when needed. The Office-install has had this option for ages, where you can deceide whether you want to install a feature a) now, b) when needed, or c) never. That way the basic install will probably be a lot faster and it will take up less space on our drives (how many terabytes of never-used-features do you think VS is accumulating worldwide?).

            I belive you already have the…

            48 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Distribute updates automatically via Microsoft Update

              It should be possible to have updates install automatically rather than interrupting the user and requiring manual intervention. The natural way to handle this would be via the existing Microsoft Update tool.

              See this thread in the forum: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vssetup/thread/becea7cf-ab42-4e4f-a676-293acdf74c5c/

              33 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Include Wix extension (Votive) in Visual Studio Express

                Please add Votive to the standard set of plugins for Visual Studio Express (like NuGet) or give the author of Votive for Wix the (legal) ability to add his plugin to visual studio express.

                As of now there is no way we can include any kind of installer to VS express (since msinstaller is removed in 2012) while it is the most logical place for the installer for time saving functions like auto harvesting of dependencies.

                Wix already works on command line it just needs a very small step for the integration with Visual Studio Express.

                32 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Expan on WIX projects

                  Look, I'm over the whole setup & deployment deployment project, but really think that the ISLE is such a bad replacement.

                  Is it possible to may expand on say the WIX toolset, Perhaps make a nice simple wizard interface? It's one thing to build a nice simple windows app that takes me 2-3hrs, but then I'm spending the same amount of time typing out XML to build the msi for it.

                  16 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make a Visual Studio Installer that does not mess with the Registry (or does XCopy deploy of VS)

                    I just came off a nasty situation where VS installation got hosed over a period of a year and half. I thought staying up to date with patches was a good thing, never realized it could hose the VS Setup completely. Details is in this forum post http://forums.asp.net/p/1772359/4850404.aspx/1?p=True&t=634657393972716075 .

                    End of the the Windows Update/Visual Studio Update/ASP.NET Update and other sub-component updates, ALL affect the basic Visual Studio setup. And affect it to a point where the original Visual Studio installer becomes completely useless for maintenance purposes. This needs to be improved/fixed. One way would be to build an installer…

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                      0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Reduce amount of programs added to Programs and Features

                      It has always bugged me that when installing Visual Studio there are 40+ items added to the Programs and Features list in Windows.

                      While I understand that some are necessarily standalone programs (like all the different runtimes), there are many Visual Studio components added that are _only_ there for Visual Studio.

                      Examples include Service Packs, “Macro Tools”, “Prequisites” and especially all the language pack related items.

                      Looking at other products, like Office, you should be perfectly fine by combining everything into a single entry and configure all the compontents within a setup dialog.

                      This also applies to other components (which…

                      10 votes
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                      • Stop requiring a PC restart after installing updates

                        VS2012 Update 3 requires the PC be updated when complete. Given that this is 2013, and MS was bragging about getting restart scenarios down to something like 5 back when Win2K was released, it seems like high time that non-kernel updates - particularly user level applications - should not require the entire system be restarted. I just can't believe that we're *still* having to do this; 10 years ago, I'd have put money on MS being able to dynamically restart the *kernel* without a reboot by now!

                        7 votes
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                        • enable installation of the Visual Studio 2013 to Windows Embedded OS

                          Using the Visual Studio 2013 in Windows Embedded OS would make it easier and faster to resolve issues in the C++ embedded application. In some cases the network or other connection to the embedded system is not possible or it requires significant changes to the embedded device. These changes may affect to the issue that is under investigation and may make it hard to repeat and identify the issue.

                          7 votes
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                          • Allow total control of installation path

                            Due to the limitation that I cannot tell Visual Studio 2010 to install *only* to the drive I designate in the installer, I simply cannot use this IDE because the C drive, which Visual Studio keeps wanting to install 2.2GB to and 1.7GB on my programs designated drive, is all but full with my OS taking up the space that it does. Please do something about this; as a DigiPen student, I can't afford to be missing out on the largely time-saving breakpoints feature.

                            6 votes
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                            • Provide prerequisites installer for Visual Studio 11

                              Provide a prerequisites installer for Visual Studio 11 in a manner similar to SharePoint 2010. Therefore, if users want to install all of the prerequisites before installing the full version of Visual Studio 11, they can do so and therefore avoid the re-boots in the middle of the installation process. In addition, if all of the prerequisites have already been met, then the installation can simply proceed with the installation of Visual Studio 11 directly.

                              4 votes
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                              • Visual Studio 14 CTP 2 should not require KB2919355

                                Many windows users do not want apply KB2919355 update, so Visual Studio 14 CTP 2 should be able to install without this update.

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                                • Downloads as torrent

                                  Just a suggestion - microsoft should provide all there downloads also as torrents thats a much better way to download files

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                                  • make the installer only run on windows 7/8

                                    you can run the installer on windows XP/Vista but then it will fail to install the rest of the program

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                                    • Allow Visual Studio to be uninstalled

                                      When installing Visual Studio, about 30 different entries are put in the add/remove programs list. When uninstalling Visual Studio, most of them are left installed.

                                      Give me a way to just remove Visual Studio entirely and completely. I promise I'll reinstall it (or another version of it) afterwards.

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                                      • provide working link to CTP 4 of Update 2 for VS/TFS 2012

                                        provide working link to CTP 4 of Update 2 for VS/TFS 2012. Some users have CTP 3 and former versions installed and want to upgrade to RTM but are unable since they need CTP 4 which is yet to be found. Forum thread: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/tfsadmin/thread/e00c2231-6bce-486c-8ec8-f1b30054c238/

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                                        • Add /locale option to the [Installer].exe /Layout command line

                                          I\m trying currently to download the Visual Studio 2013 for Web with Update 3 using the /Layout option to keep the installation files for future needs, but it seems that the installer is acquiring setup files for all the locales which seems a bit weird since I downloaded the en-us installer and that's making the download time and cost bigger.

                                          The ISO file has also a huge download size (4.4GB) which also seems weird since this is a subset edition of the full Visual Studio product.

                                          Please add the locale switch to the Layout option for the installer, or otherwise,…

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