Bring Back the Visual Studio Installation Customization Options
We'd like to have all of the options back to customize Visual Studio. We'd probably like to have more granular installation customization, but at the very least, let us customize the installation.
We’ve added customization back in to the installation, so I’m going to close this item out.
Doug Turnure – Visual Studio PM
I would also like the possibility back to customize the installation. Why not like the live essentials pack? Two options: Install everything or customize.
Guillaume JAY commented
I'm quite happy I just upgraded my SSD from 80 to 128 gb, but still, having to install everything is a bit wasteful.
(The point about VM size is quite important too)
Robert McLaws commented
I think this is seriously disrespectful to people who have SSDs. If you don't want to put customization options in the UI, then you should have documented the AdminDeployment file, which may or may not allow you to modify the installation process already.
If it is in a separate folder in the "packages" folder, you should be able to not install it.
I don't feel like I ask for much. How about clean installs and uninstalls? Have you ever done a 'before' and 'after' look at installing VS 2010? I think I counted 26 line items in Programs and Features. Later, did an uninstall of VS 2010, and it left behind SP1! What product do you know that leaves the SP1 behind when you uninstall the base, among other things? Sloppy.
The one thing I have tended to do in the past was not install C++ because that install was huge and I haven't been doing any C++ work. Other than that, I typically say "gimmie everything ya got".
Yep, agree, we are devs, no office users
I want to be able to select what language packs are installed. I don't have a need for C++, F#, or VB. They are just taking up valuable space on my 128GB ssd. Also, I think dev10 included an option for SQL express, right? If dev11 has that, I don't want it installed by default.
Jason Gaylord commented
The ability to turn on/off the packages that are very large for disk, especially with SSD drives and VMs. So I have a 256 GB SSD drive and am constantly reaching the top by having multiple VMs on my same machine. With that said, items such as C++, I'll never use or use very little.
John Montgomery (Microsoft) commented
Thanks for this feedback.
In Dev10, we offered a huge amount of flexibility in setup configuration, and we watched closely to see what customers chose to do. One of the things we learned in Dev10 was that only about 10% of customers chose to customize their installations at all, and of those 10%, there wasn’t really a consensus about what packages to install vs. not to install. As we entered beta for Dev11, we chose to focus on making every install a full install and gathering feedback on how to offer better customization solutions – what options people are looking for and what they want to optimize for.
So please keep giving us your feedback (comments here on User Voice, votes, etc.) so that we can offer the right solution for general availability!
Jason Gaylord commented
This is not the same suggestion as what's at http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2207833-make-the-visual-studio-installer-more-customizable. The older suggestion is to take something like VS2010's installation, and add more customization to it. This suggestion above is to bring at a minimum, the VS2010 installation customization options as it has been removed in the VS11 Beta.
Hope that helps clear things up.