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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  ·   · 
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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I see two problems in my everyday work. First, I am using SSDs with limited storage. Visual Studio installs huge packages without my consent. Furthermore, it leaves behind its installations package in a place I cannot easily move (Package Cache, anyone). Third, it generates plenty of install logs in %temp% - 283 MB for installation with everything turned off. My SSD is screaming in agony!

        Second, as a VSE developer, I need to test different versions, editions and combinations of Visual Studio. I use virtual machines for the purpose. And here lie two other problems. The first: You turn on Hyper-V without me having any chance to prevent it. The virtualization software I use - VirtualBox stops working, so I must re-configure the machine to make it work again. Ethical and philosophical issues aside, the first time this happened, I lost 6 working hours to understand what's going on.
        Second, this creates huge virtual disks, which means I have less space for them, which means that I test on less versions of Visual Studios. Bugs slips and I got some angry QAs.

      • stevesteve commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        apparently they don't listening to the request, its sad really, today i had to install at least twice because vsix installer is broken, every time i install extension the file explorer window won't open i can't add existing dll, existing project and open solution that i've created before..it took one and half hour not including updates and SDK's..today is a bad day for me..

      • BrianBrian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I wish we could ONLY install Visual Basic with this package. I don't need the other languages that I do not program in or know.

      • rafalrafal commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So how are things going on customizing the instalation?
        The response from VS Team was half a year ago.

      • Nick CraverNick Craver commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I can understand the language support may be hard to separate out and perhaps that's why the customization was removed initially.

        However, installing all these SDKs and forcing them on every developer machines with EVERY SINGLE UPDATE is complete ****, and you know it. Upgrading from VS 2013 CTP2 to RC should not re-install the Windows Phone SDKs I manually removed - there's absolutely zero excuse for that behavior.

        Visual Studio was headed down a very good path of being slim and fast, but you're now including literally gigabytes of what amounts to bloatware for most developers. I don't need or want your Azure SDK, Windows Phone emulators, Microsoft Advertising SDK, SQL Server Express, etc. I already have SQL 2014 Developer - why are you installing another instance?

        Many of us run on VMs. Our space matters. Our startup time matters. Our wasted time on the download and install of the unwanted multi-gigabyte features matters. Our time uninstalling matters. Our time costs money.

        Your installer turns on Hyper-V for developers (last I tried, without any consent given) in order to install the Windows Phone Emulators...just, no. What the **** are you thinking?

        These moves to include SDKs or other bloat for every product Microsoft wanted to push that month are bad and present to us a purely business based decision with no regard for what your developers want or use. If you're going to do this, then at least have the decency to give us checkboxes so we can opt out.

      • James HodgesJames Hodges commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Visual Studio needs minimal install options. I don't want VB, F#, SQL Express or SQL Tools ...and most of the other software that get's automatically added. That uses unnecessary drive space, reduces performance and creates security problems.

      • NikosysNikosys commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The word 'Lite' is a boon with fluid fast windows 8 then why not the look alike applications???? Visual Studio 2012 and 2013 have many 'customize' and update issues!
        1. Windows Phone Development was not visible even after updating vs2013 Desktop Express to Update 2!
        2. Uninstalling vs2010 Express made some projects damaged within 2013 Express!
        3. No Custom Install Available in vs2012 or vs 2013 !
        4. Excessive time consuming installers.
        5. Offline Download and storage command is not response.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think its ridiculous (even dumbest) decision to remove the option to choose whatever we want to install. EXPERT user (I guess, all developers are expert) must control anything they need, not given everything they dont want to like a novice or end user. Its already a guideline in HCI. We need an option to choose, as a developer, I only need C#, ASP.NET C#, C++, thats all!
        I dont even need SQL Server (eventhough express, there are a lot of DBMS' suited for my purpose), dont need VB, dont need F#, and lot of "bloatware" that fulfilled my SSD. I have to go back to VS 2010 until you bring back the option to choose components to be installed

      • HelabaHelaba commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Is there an update to exclude dedicated Options from standard installation?
        We need this very much!

      • 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...

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