Visual Studio 2015

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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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      130 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        86 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        I wanted to update the status to make sure you know that we hear you. This isn’t straightforward to deliver for obvious reasons: Visual Studio installs a disparate variety of tools, runtimes and SDKs, many of which come from third parties or other parts of Microsoft. We recognize that developers would love to see something lighter and while we have nothing new to announce at this stage, we are spending a lot of time thinking about how we can improve Visual Studio installation.

        Thanks for the feedback!

        Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

      • 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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          63 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          An update on this front: we’re starting work here. It’s a thorny problem, but this demo from our recent Connect event shows some of the work we’re doing in this area:
          https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Visual-Studio/Connect-event-2015/010/player#time=0h26m22s

          We want to make installing Visual Studio a much quicker experience, where you can get up and running quickly with the core components you need. As we grow Visual Studio to support more and more scenarios, it inevitably gets bigger and more complex – but as the demo shows, we have some ideas on how we can rein this in while continuing to enable new workloads.

        • 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…

          321 votes
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            39 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.

            297 votes
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              9 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/

              40 votes
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                1 comment  ·  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…

                32 votes
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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…

                  17 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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,…

                    10 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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.

                      9 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Stop installing a bunch of SQL server stuff

                        I don't do any SQL development. I didn't even check anything web development related, so we can't blame this on ASP.NET --- I did C++ and Windows 10 SDK only. And yet I get this?

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                          0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make Visual Studio as UAP

                          Do you have a plan to transfer Visual Studio to UAP?
                          Is it real with Project Centennial?

                          7 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hi – thanks for your idea. The Universal Windows Platform doesn’t presently offer the features that you’d need to build a developer tool as rich as Visual Studio. Many of the features we need, including Hyper-V (for device emulation) and debugging support are by design not available in the sandbox provided by UWP. We will continue to revisit deployment options and work with the Windows team to help inform their own packaging decisions.

                            Appreciate your feedback!

                            Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                          • 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.

                            6 votes
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                            • Streamline Visual Studio extension and product updates

                              Problem : I often see notifications when I open VS for extension and product updates. I then waste time installing them and restarting. Even more frustrating is that some product updates complain that VS is open even though they require VS to be opened in order to notify you.

                              Proposal: Decouple the notifications and updates from the IDE so that they could run when windows opens and I can install them all (possibly automatically) before I even open VS.

                              6 votes
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                              • Create Windows Installer Setup Project for Visual Studio 2015 Community version

                                Hi,

                                Can you create a Windows Installer Setup Project extension for Visual Studio 2015 Community version?

                                It looks like the version of the installer for Visual Studio 2015 you posted only support Visual Studio 2015 Professional.

                                Thank you

                                Thank you

                                4 votes
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                                • Provide Visual Studio Updates all at once or through Windows Update

                                  It would be less time consuming if it were possible to have an option to install all of the updates presented by the Visual Studio Notification system all at once. The current situation causes multiple re-launches of visual studio to get it up to date.

                                  Even better would be to have the Visual Studio updates handled through Windows Update.

                                  Thanks!

                                  4 votes
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                                  • VS2015 Community should have a Minimal C/C++ option

                                    VS2015 Community should have a Minimal C/C++ option that just installs the basic IDE, compiler, git/github and nuget for grabbing libraries and includes.

                                    I don't want or need the azure framework or all the other stuff.

                                    4 votes
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                                    • Add installation percentage (numeric) to Visual Studio installer

                                      This vote is to bring numeric text showing progress of installer rather than just progress bar. One of the irritating behaviors of VS 2015 installer is that it may download updated components (like new Windows 10 SDK) without even giving you notification or option to go with local version or update it during installation process.

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Visual Studio Update is very cumbersome.

                                        Updating Visual Studio is really painful. Can you guys figure out a way that does not force me to stop and start visual studio 3-4 times every time?
                                        I usually don't update the second I get the notification, so 3-4 crop up by the time I try to update. At this time it usually means I have to click install on one, then shutdown VS, then start visual studio, go to the updates, pick another and do all that again.

                                        I think this is completely unacceptable for a software sold in 2016

                                        3 votes
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                                        • iran

                                          Hello
                                          I have download VisualStudio 2015 Community. In order to update the License, I have to sign in. But When I want to sign in, It ask me for Country/Region and the Iran (The country I born and live) does not exist.
                                          Please add Iran to this list, because I download this free version of VisualStudio to be honest and loyal (avoid using piracy software), so I shouldn`t lie about my country now.
                                          You don`t mean people in Iran should not use your software, do you?

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