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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 or give us the option of using VS Community without registration of activation entirely.

Thanks :)

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    DrNochiDrNochi shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for the feedback and the suggestion about Community edition.

    This may not be the answer that you want to hear, but we do require occasional online connectivity as a requirement of using Visual Studio Community. As you probably know, we introduced Visual Studio Community two years ago as a free, full-featured development environment designed for students, open source contributors, small companies, startups and individual developers.

    While we set out to try and make Community as broadly available as possible, we recognize that it doesn’t accommodate every scenario. For those who need offline usage, Professional and Enterprise editions might be a better choice.

    Since we’re not able to accommodate this request, we are closing this suggestion to return your votes. While we can’t address all suggestions, we appreciate the feedback and hope you’ll continue to share your ideas.


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      • ImsoImso commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        at first hearing Visual Studio CE 2015 being free was like wow, it's too good to be true ... there must be a catch ... and here it is utterly useless for offline use.

      • HateMSHateMS commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft is an idiot for requiring internet access just to work with their software. Even the paid versions suffer from this issue.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Many development is done offline. with computers that never connect to the internet. We have MPN subscription but since visual 2013 we cannot get a licence because there is no product key for offline activation.
        We are stuck using visual 2012.
        So I guess Microsoft does not want offline developers to use there new tools, this is very sad.
        Microsoft can stop develoing visual studio, since many of there customers do not need these updates that cannot be used.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft we cant use your VS Community Edition! Please remove your requirement for online registration.

        Thank you.

      • BradBrad commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If they get rid of the reg then anyone will be able to create applications. That is what happened with VB6. We dont want that!

        Developing applications needs to be done by the pros. If you make it too easy it cuts into our bottom line.

        Keep the CE near impossible to use for practical app development.

      • Jon McRaeJon McRae commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please let us use your CE. Turn off this foobared online registration!

        Otherwise your CE is 100% useless.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I already registered vs2015 when I had internet, now visual studio says my registration is "stale" and I have to do it again. I no longer have internet so visual studio now shuts down and I have to use the command line compiler (that still works). If visual studio is free then the internet requirement must be spyware or it makes no sense.

      • MaryMary commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft please provide Community Edition that does not require online registration. We cannot use it either. Your requirement to have Internet access to register your CE leaves it unusable in any modern secured environment.

        Thank you.

      • BradBrad commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        MS should not allow easy registration of their CE. Keep it near impossible as it is now and let the real programmers do what we need to do. The CE would allow more to easily develop applications. This would effect the professional developers livelihood.

        Keep the CE exactly like it is now making it as difficult as possible to register.

      • dotNetRulezdotNetRulez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What good is a Kommunity Edition if you cant use it!

        You down load it. SFTP it to a network segment where your dev systems are and 30 days later it has to have Internet connectivity to register! Did ANYONE at MS think this through!

        Dudes come on!



      • EdwardEdward commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        They dont seem to want people to actually use the VS Community Edition.

      • LaurentLaurent commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I can't beleive they REALLY did that... My dev PC has no Internet connexion, I got VS Community 2015 ISO from another PC, just installed it to give it a try... to finally realize I wouldn't be able to use it because it needs an ONLINE activation...

        Why not make it CLEAR (with a "I understood" box to check) when downloading the offline package ?

        I can't beleive it...

      • MichaelEMichaelE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sometimes I wonder if MS have done demographics research on those that do demographics research research for them.

        My point: The issue is clear. The solution is clear. What most of the industry does with CE versions is not an error (provide them unrestricted).

        Microsoft, please allow people to use your CE.

        At worst more people will use VS\.Net. At best more people will register the full version.

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