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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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    DrNochi 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.


    Visual Studio Team


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      • MakesNoSense commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes, this is silly.
        If the product is free, then why stop the product from working after 30 days?
        Makes no sense!

        If we are unable to get internet access for a period of time, this product is useless.

      • No Spam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As Long as it Needs a Registration I can't use it because my machine has no Internet Access. Why MS requires a Registration for a free product? Just stupid...

      • loveqoo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        希望微軟可以提供離線註冊 Visual Studio Community 2013 / 2015 發法! 以幫助無網路連線地區的開發者! 感謝!

      • LisaE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Me too. I cant register it because I cant get direct internet access.

        Thanks for fixing this!

      • Larry commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I wouldn't mind being able to try the community edition either. I work in a modern secured environment also so that registration thing stops me from using it too. :-(

        Our dev PC's have to stay on the network they are connected to.

      • MichaelE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Are we ever going to get to use this thing? MS can you at least acknowledged the reason you will not let us use it?


      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Here is a solution. Allow off line usage for a cost. You get to use VS community for a license fee. ( Note: not a subscription). No one trusts internet connections now-a-days. Developers want and deserve privacy.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This online need simply forbids me to use Visual Studio. I need a full offline product. I'll use alternative.

      • Imso 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.

      • HateMS 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.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

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

        Thank you.

      • Brad 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 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.

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