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  1. 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…

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      under review  ·  17 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.

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        5 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…

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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/

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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.

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              2 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…

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                0 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 →
                • 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.

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                    3 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Enable VS Community activation/registration offline

                    It would be nice if there was a way to register/activate the Community Edition of VS offline, that one can use it (longer than 30 days) on virtual machines without internet access or PC that cannot access the Internet.
                    There's a way to install it on machines like those discribed above using the "/layout"-Option of the setup on another PC to then install it on the offline PC afterwards, but then there isn't an option to register/activate that copy of VS.
                    For example let us download a license file for the community edition in addition to signing into a Microsoft-Account…

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                      0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make the Visual Studio installer more customizable (more than VS 2015)

                      Let the user choose whether to install or not features such a Visual Basic or C#, and for which platform to develop. Although Visual Studio 2015 brought a good improvement in the setup process choices (hence the "Make the Visual Studio installer more customizable" idea, voted 1715 times, recently marked as completed) there is still a lot of room to do better. The Visual Studio 6 granularity was just perfect, why now there are so few choices? Why do users need to install the full .NET SDK if they are not going to do any .NET development? Why tools for…

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                      • Remove the need to write to the runonce registry setting when installing

                        Some organizations have anti-virus rules that dis-allows writing to the runonce registry setting. This inhibits the installation of VS, RM Client or even TFS at time.
                        It may be a nice to have the installer restart after a possible reboot, but getting access denied errors should not stop the installation.

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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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                          • 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!

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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.

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                              • creating a single multilingual clickonce bootstrapper(containing .Net 4.5.1 frwrk) rather than having different installers for each language

                                I am setting .Net Framework 4.5.1 as a pre-requisite while publishing vsto add-in. Add-in is Published successfully.
                                When I launch the bootstrapper in Japanes OS, it opens the .Net framework dialog box to install but displays the EULA in English language. It should be in Japanese depending on the OS.

                                I can create multiple installers for each language by setting Publish language="<select language">. but I cannot create single installer that supports this.

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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.

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                                  • Add Visual Studio to the Windows Store

                                    Please add Visual Studio to the Windows 10 store. This would make installs a lot more convenient!

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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.

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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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                                        • 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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