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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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  • MichaelE 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.

  • LisaE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Me too. I cant use it. Please allow offline reg or get rid of the need in a Community Edition.

    Thank you.

  • Ed commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


    We cant use your community edition if it requires Internet access to register it.

  • Jill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Could we please be allowed to use your community edition?

    In our environment too, we have no way to register it.

    Thank you.

  • Jon McRae commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I certainly would not mind is Microsoft actually letting us use the VS community edition. I'm like most of you - no chance of Internet access to my dev PC (to reg a CE) in my company.

    What the heck kinda "Community" they serving? Seems like one without any developers!

  • dotNetRulez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Since I have been out of college I have not worked in a place that allows direct Internet access from development systems. Who still allows that?

    Come on dog - let us use .Net\VB Community Editions!

  • MichaelE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The reality is because of real-world security constraints a significant portion of us in Fortune 200, DOD and DOE environments will never be able to use\explore VS Community editions unless they dump all the registration shenanigans.

    Leaves us wondering who the Community Editions and Open Source efforts are meant to be for as they dont comply with any demographic that is meaningful. Is that by design?

  • Christo Janse van Rensburg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Only M$ can somehow "open source" something and/or make something "free" with the added string of a dependency on having to sign into a specific server to be able to actually use it... thanks but buzz off

  • Peter North commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    "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" - either way would be good for me. My development machine is offline (behind an impenetrable fire wall); no developer has installation authority on the machines freely connected to the internet.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    A great way to turn budding new talent away from VS before they even get in the door.

  • HMan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    What I find truly interesting is that almost 90% of all the signatories here spent about 500 pages on the VB6 thread saying how much they hate .NET. Yet now they want a CE without activation for use in a corporate environment with high security. Please....

    The activation is really not a hassle at all in ANY environment, and you do NOT need to be connected all the time once it's activated. You only need to activate it once a year.

    You people are a disgrace. You get free stuff and you want to return it. Shut up and enjoy what you have. You are not supposed to use CE in a corporate environment anyways. Just buy the Professional Edition. Your company got money, you just said you are PCI, SSAE, and ISO compliant.

  • Edward commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I wonder if MS will ever offer real Open Source or CE edition. One that does not require all these registration shenanigans.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Visual Studio Community is not free! Microsoft, pleas that word "Free" from all your sites because it is a lie.

  • David commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I need offline activation too. I'm stuck and cannot develop anymore... :(

  • Mary commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I sure would not mind trying the VSCommunity Edition but like most everyone else - no chance!

    Our development systems are on a segment that is not Internet facing (like most everyone else in a modern IT environment). So we have no chance to register it.

    Please fix that MS. Thanks.

  • Chris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    well, it would have been a great tool for my studies at the university...back to eclipse XD

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