Visual Studio IDE

Announcement: Last fall, we migrated this forum to Visual Studio Developer Community to provide you one convenient and responsive system for all feedback. As the final step in the migration, this forum will be closed off completely on June 1st, 2019. We encourage you to visit Visual Studio Developer Community where you can now suggest new ideas, browse and vote on existing ideas, and engage with Visual Studio teams.

We’d like your suggestions and ideas to help us continuously improve future releases of Visual Studio, so we’ve partnered with UserVoice, a third-party service, to collect your feedback. Please do not send any novel or patentable ideas, copyrighted materials, samples or demos for which you do not want to grant a license to Microsoft.

This site is for feature suggestions; if you need to file a bug, you can visit our Developer Community website to get started.

Note: your use of the portal and your submission is subject to the UserVoice Terms of Service & Privacy Policy and license terms.

We look forward to hearing from you!
- The Visual Studio Team

I suggest you ...

You've used all your votes and won't be able to post a new idea, but you can still search and comment on existing ideas.

There are two ways to get more votes:

  • When an admin closes an idea you've voted on, you'll get your votes back from that idea.
  • You can remove your votes from an open idea you support.
  • To see ideas you have already voted on, select the "My feedback" filter and select "My open ideas".
(thinking…)

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

If a similar idea already exists, you can support and comment on it.

If it doesn't exist, you can post your idea so others can support it.

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

  • Hot ideas
  • Top ideas
  • New ideas
  • My feedback
  1. 2,954 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    111 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I wanted to update the status to make sure you know that we hear you. This isn’t straightforward to deliver for obvious reasons: Visual Studio installs a disparate variety of tools, runtimes and SDKs, many of which come from third parties or other parts of Microsoft. We recognize that developers would love to see something lighter and while we have nothing new to announce at this stage, we are spending a lot of time thinking about how we can improve Visual Studio installation.

    Thanks for the feedback!

    Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

  2. Please make ISO files for Visual Studio 2017

    Creating our own offline layout installer by downloading multiple files instead of a single ISO is messy, and is a step backwards from Visual Studio 2015. The installer too, is really slow. Please provide ISO files for VS 2017 for convenient installation on multiple computers that have slow or no internet connection. Thank you.

    2,176 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    172 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the many comments on this topic. We are listening…

    On behalf of the Visual Studio team, I wanted to share a few responses to some of the questions and concerns raised, in the spirit of sharing with transparency the reasons that led us to the current installer options.

    Visual Studio 2017 is a huge product, because we support so many types of development: from Android to UWP to C++ to Unity to Linux. If we were to still offer a ‘full’ install, it would come in at over 50GB. That’s one huge ISO image!

    We surveyed hundreds of people during the previews and RCs, and people told us that they had historically used an ISO for two reasons: (i) because they wanted to download once and create a network install for enterprise deployment; (ii) because they had a shaky internet connection and wanted to be sure they’d downloaded…

  3. Allow users to install entirely to another hard drive

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351124/allow-users-to-install-entirely-to-another-hard-dr.html
    Allow a user to install *all* of Visual Studio to a drive other than the system drive. I have a very small SSD and find it infuriating that Visual Studio can only install a third to my mechanical drive and must install 4GB to my system drive.

    937 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    66 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We expect to make significant progress on this front in the upcoming release. There are some components which must be installed to the system drive for various reasons – for example, Windows hotfixes and .NET Framework releases. But we think we will be able to do a better job of honoring the chosen location in the next release.

    To give some transparency into the design process, one interesting wrinkle to this problem is third-party components that we install. If you choose to install Visual Studio to (say) D:\VS, where should we install something like Git for Windows or the Android SDK (if you select those components)? Should we install them into a subdirectory of D:\VS, even though other apps may use them? And should we attempt to secure the directory? C:\Program Files is only writeable by admin users, which presents a security boundary to rogue apps. Tough choices…

    Thanks,…

  4. 239 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    under review  ·  17 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Show current downloaded size and total downloaded size of individual components in VS installer

    It would be helpful how much data being downloaded and how much is remaining within VS installer. This would allow to know how much further time installer would take and improve installer experience vastly.

    155 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    7 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Allow changing the nickname of the installation

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351566/allow-changing-the-nickname-of-the-installation.html
    You can set nicknames of installs in VS2017 but you cannot change those nicknames when modifying the installation features. This should be allowed.

    120 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    2 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Reduce amount of programs added to Programs and Features

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351027/reduce-amount-of-programs-added-to-programs-and-fe.html
    It has always bugged me that when installing Visual Studio there are 40+ items added to the Programs and Features list in Windows.

    While I understand that some are necessarily standalone programs (like all the different runtimes), there are many Visual Studio components added that are _only_ there for Visual Studio.

    Examples include Service Packs, “Macro Tools”, “Prequisites” and especially all the language pack related items.

    Looking at other products, like Office, you should be perfectly fine by combining everything into a single…

    105 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    6 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We’re making real progress against this area – slowly but surely. If you haven’t seen Visual Studio 2017 RC (or later) yet, check it out at http://visualstudio.com. We are eradicating many of the separate items that come from Microsoft, although we will continue to list third-party dependencies individually (for example, if I used the Visual Studio installer to get the Android SDK, we presume you might want to be able to uninstall that without relying on Visual Studio).

    Let us know what you think… Thanks for the feedback, Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

  8. Provide a custom offline installer package for vs 2017

    I'm loving the flashy new UI for the web-install of VS 2017. As I often do not have access to really fast speed internet access (only ADSL 1 at home!) I would love to be able to choose my custom combination of components and have them all download at once initially and provide me with either a single installation file or (perhaps more practicably) an installer and an accompanying data store (archived or any format as you see fit).

    Initially I would imagine the installers flow would be something like:

    1. Ask user if they want offline or online installation …

    102 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    4 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. VS2017 installer auto-update

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351539/vs2017-installer-auto-update.html
    I can't think of the use case for making the user click on OK to update the installer itself. I wouldn't have launched it if I didn't want to install or update VS. Why not auto-update the installer? Or at least provide an option to have the installer auto-update for subsequent installs.

    88 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    4 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Stop installing a bunch of SQL server stuff

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351404/stop-installing-a-bunch-of-sql-server-stuff.html
    I don't do any SQL development. I didn't even check anything web development related, so we can't blame this on ASP.NET --- I did C++ and Windows 10 SDK only. And yet I get this?

    83 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    3 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Support for downgrade to the recent releases

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351569/support-for-downgrade-to-the-recent-releases.html
    With the regular releases of VS, we sometimes get an update that breaks some of the functionalities and until the new release comes it becomes unusable. I have had this issue with 15.1 to 15.2 and now with 15.3.1 to 15.3.2, It would be more encouraging to get the updates if there is a way to a revert to previous working version (or recent releases). I would like to keep using the latest releases, but not being able to develop for a while…

    82 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    7 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Search Bar in Individual Components page in VS Setup

    Provide a search bar in the Individual Components screen so that we can easily search an item in the tree. This will be particularly useful if I was quickly select/unselect an item that I want to install/uninstall

    77 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    2 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Add a dark theme setting to the new Visual Studio 2017 installer

    Add a setting to the installer for a dark theme, the new vs 2017 installer is too bright for me to use at night.

    69 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    4 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Why I still need an internet connection to Install VS after 30GB downloads?

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351571/why-i-still-need-an-internet-connection-to-install.html
    Why are you guys being idiotic and still require an internet connection after asking user to download 30GB installer for VS2017?Are you purposely doing this or do guys have some kind of intent's to always see what other programmers are doing? This is both after downloading 30GB and the installer telling you to connect to the internet and when you start the installer again?

    68 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Allow VS2017 installer to download files for offline installation without admin rights

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351534/allow-vs2017-installer-to-download-files-for-offli.html
    In many enterprise installations, developers have two accounts. A "normal" one to work, not having admin rights, and another one for installations with admin rights, but without permission for internet access.

    The current installer does not allow to download files for later installations using -layout without admin rights / UAC elevations. In setups as described above, VS21017 can not be installed without downloading the offline files on a "out of enterprise" PC.
    This approach seems disconnected from Enterprise reality. As a consultant,I have…

    59 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    4 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Add a search box to Visual Studio Installer

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351653/add-a-search-box-to-visual-studio-installer.html
    I often have to hunt down a component I'm missing in the Individual Components list in Visual Studio Installer. Having a searchable list would aid in that search immensely.

    58 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Allow installation of Visual Studio from the Windows 10 Store app

    Project Centennial has created a path for classic Windows desktop apps to move to the Windows Store. I would really like to have as many store apps as possible on my PC to avoid blasting files and registry entries all over the place. The new VS Installer is much improved, but this would help keep PC's pristine.

    57 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    2 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Visual Studio installer - add search

    When I wan't to add a Component in the Installer modify dialog it would be easier to have a searchbox to help me find the one I wish to add.

    55 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable offline installer

    Please provide link of Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable offline installer

    49 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    10 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. VS2017: Support installation nickname for first instance

    New installer provides a nickname option but only for the second and later installation stream. The initial installation is always nicknamed "VS2017". Should allow this name to be changed.

    48 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Password icon
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    3 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
← Previous 1 3 4 5 37 38

Feedback and Knowledge Base