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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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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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  • Benis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    B-but anon-kun we still need to spy on you even if you use the free edition.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I wonder why I found this thread??

    Ridiculous offering a FREE product and then clamping down with a requirement to have a Microsoft Account after 30 days of use. Where was that mentioned on the Download page?? Nowhere.

    I had begun exploring the product, but am now immediately turned off developing with this Microsoft solution. People are TIRED of signing up for online accounts for EVERYTHING.

    If someone needs the Pro/Ent version, then fine - sign up for the MS Account and pay for it - otherwise, it has NO PLACE being a requirement in a free product.

    Next thing you know, the X (Close Application) button will do something other than what you expect...Oops, that was a "mistake", wasn't it? CATASTROPHIC PR BLUNDER!!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am using VS Community Edition because I try to follow the path of least resistance/cost when developing solutions. But if I have to use a full version I have the licenses to do so. But it wouldn't matter because I would still need internet access.

    There are development environments where getting internet access is onerous or even impossible due to heavy security requirements. You can't expect us to need to get net access for these machines just to login to an MS account every 30 days.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It maybe seems logical to you, Visual Studio Team.
    But it is not.
    You made community edition for those who can not offer pro or ent versions. Because they are students, small companies, etc.

    And you locked it for those who have no internet connection. Or for those who have to work with VMs.

    Free version that have expiration time, requieres registration and does not work without it.

    You are serious?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is quite unfortunate. At least I have a product key from registering Visual C++ 2010 Express, which is the compiler I currently use for my product so I can target everything from Windows XP all the way up to Windows 10 Creators Update and beyond.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am sad, I feel like I am being pushed to use Andrdoid or Apple as the target platforms for me to support for my clients.

    When Microsoft starts to loose additional market share, then they reflect on what happened.

    The free edition is not free as they claim. Having to renew my "free" license every 30 days does not make sense for me.

    Good bye Microsoft. R.I.P

  • Prashant commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    All of my dev environments are in VMs and are offline. I can only use it on my main machine which is a consolation but ideally what I want. Also not sure then why MS provide options to install NUGET packages offline if subscription is not valid in such machines. :-(

  • Einhart commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Simply said: the Community edition is't free for everybody - really bad.:-(

  • MichaelE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Visual-Studio-Team thanks for taking the time to respond to this request.

  • 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.

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