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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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    AnonymousAnonymous shared a merged idea: Setup Customization: add ability to not install SQL Server  ·   · 
    HeathHeath shared a merged idea: Provide installation customization options to exclude languages.  ·   · 
    Liam CrozierLiam Crozier shared a merged idea: More options for less clutter  ·   · 
    DemisDemis shared a merged idea: Remove unused features  ·   · 

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      • ZmanZman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        it's ridiculous they removed the option to choose which languages to install, why does everything have to be so bad starting with windows8? i mean it's not like people are using visual studio on a tablet and is has to be dumbed down...

      • Lee LGLee LG commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have come back to vs 2010 because i only use vc++ and didn't need anything else. Eat my hard disk's 5G space and waste 30 minutes to finish installing it,How can you guys call it "express version"?

      • RobRob commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why install things we'll never use? I don't want to waste my valuable SSD space on F#, C++ or other tools/languages I simply don't use. Custom installation was always an option. Why not now?

      • JohnJohn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I strongly recommend a "Lite" installation options which includes only the compiler one wants without anything else. I don't know if it would be possible to do this in less than 500MB, but it would make it very fast and attractive to the audience the Express version targets.Microsoft keep it lean and mean!

      • I quitI quit commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What about those of us who, while customizing the installation, also un-ticked the "I don't mind Microsoft spying on me" checkbox?

      • mikemike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have let the VS2013 express for windows desktop installer run all night and still it tries to install the SQL language something.
        So many unnecessary components with out microsoft bothering asking us if we want them.
        I only need VC++. I do not write database programs.
        Mercy me

      • HelabaHelaba commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sorry, but if only 10% use customized install, this is enough reason to offer that!
        Especially business installations need to limit vs installs

      • Dave  BDave B commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I cannot give this enough votes. I'd put all ten in there for this one. A VS pro is 1/2 the size if you only use one language. I don't know who thought this was a good idea. It isn't!

      • MKMK commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm used to VS2010 where I only installed C#, now every time I create a new project in 2013 I have to delete it and start over !! because visual studio creates it in VB which I don't use !!!!! what a pain...

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a developer toolset. Why limit installation options ? Many, if not most of the developers using VS need one (or at most 2) languages; they neither need nor want to install the others, along with documentation and sample code for things they don't need on this particular project/computer. If this is too difficult to achieve, one must question the design decisions MS is making in developing these tools further.

      • Vinicius Salvati MelquiadesVinicius Salvati Melquiades commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Since my notebook stopped working, I decided to use my Surface Pro for development, but VS eats up almost all my SSD space with languages I don't use (VB), or don't know how to code (F#), and my Surface is not the place to learn

      • mikemike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        so dissapointing. Microsoft is destroying little by little every product (skype, windows8, virtual PC, . .....)
        I am setting up a new system and every hour I am facing another dissapointment..

      • signupssignups commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please allow option to install JUST C# and the frameworks needed. I do not know nor will ever care about F#, VB.NET or J#, so why must I clog up my precious SSD with these and shed-loads of SQL stuff I can't get rid of?? Please consider us as people who like control and options :-)

      • Håkan EdlingHåkan Edling commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This feature as always been available since .NET came out, why remove it now. I didn't even bother with VB6, and will never ever use VB.NET. So please let me remove the waste clogging up the UI :)

      • Gary HarperGary Harper commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am mainly opposed to how all kinds of SQL Server stuff gets installed and begins running as a service even though I am not doing any SQL server development. It seems that it takes quite a bit longer to start my computer after installing Visual Studio. It seems to be compounded by the fact that I have at least 3 different versions of Visual Studio installed.

      • Fernando VieiraFernando Vieira commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Many users are adopting SSD HDs and for the most of us, 50% or more of VS 2012 files are not used. Please, bring a tool to safe remove the components we don't use.

      • Gary HarperGary Harper commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I was about to post this same request. I would like the ability to do a lean and mean installation of just Visual C++ and maybe the Windows SDK.

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