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  1. 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.

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      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…

    • Allow changing the nickname of the installation

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      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.

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      • Cleanup VS2017 installation files

        After installing VS2017 I have over 6GB of packages in the following location:

        C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\VisualStudio\Packages

        Can I safely remove this files? Shouldn't the installer remove them for me? Could there be an option on the installer to do so?

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        • Add a search box to Visual Studio Installer

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          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.

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          • Add option to "Update VS and rebuild opened solution"

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            After the update, solution needs to be rebuilt.
            It would be cool if 'update & rebuild' could be batched.

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            • Ensure Backwards Library Compatibility Within Major VS Versions

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              https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351731/ensure-backwards-library-compatibility-within-majo.html
              Not cool that Visual Studio can't support older libraries built on the same major version...
              Updated from VS17 v15.6.x to 15.8.3.

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              • Installer: Add a button to abort while downloading packages

                When the installer only downloads packages and has changed nothing. An abort button should be enabled so that this download can be aborted.

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                  • Do not change the IIS hosting certificates when upgrading visual studio.

                    Do not change the IIS hosting certificates when upgrading visual studio. Every time visual studio is upgraded, the iis ssl certificates for sites pointed to visual studio solutions revert back to the IIS Express Development Certificate. If a local site is configured to use a different certificate for hosting, it should not be changed.

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                    • Roll Back Visual Studio Version

                      I would like the ability to roll-back or switch between different versions of Visual Studio from the VS Installer. Eg anywhere between VS 2017 v15.3, 15.4, 15.6, 15.7.

                      I'm a little apprehensive every time I do a major Visual Studio update. I have to do a full-metal backup on my DEV machine before I do any VS updates. I've been stung badly in the past when some VS update breaks something.

                      It would make things a lot easier if we could roll between versions in case an update just doesn't work for some reason and we'd like to rollback.

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                      • Please don't develop anything new

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                        https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351794/please-dont-develop-anything-new.html
                        Please don't develop anything new, just keep working on the errors that so many users already frustrated of, it's been 2days, I'm still unable to find a solution to my problem, I'm still not able to install Visual studio even though I already spend about 50GB trying to download all plugins, iso files. Even iso file which needs to acts as an offline installer asks for files from online, what a savage :(, either you stop building new things, or provide a solution…

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                        • Installer in english

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                          I would appreciate if the installer was in english! It's always in czech becouse my Windows is in czech language. But I want have software in english. Please don't force automatical language to the users and let them to choose what they want. Thank you!

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                            • Visual Studio Installer should not open as a modal dialog OR Visual Studio should close.

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                              https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351724/visual-studio-installer-should-not-open-as-a-modal.html
                              When running Visual Studio Installer from the notifications-panel, it will open as a modal dialog. I am unable to close the VS-instance that started the installer the normal way. The installer will force VS to close during setup.
                              In the current situation, I always get the "Microsoft Visual Studio Recovered Files" -dialog at the first startup after an update, to indicate that VS was closed and the solution-file can be recovered.

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                              • Schedule the download of installation

                                its a nice idea to add a "schedule download" of the big size setup overnight, I cannot download it in work hours.

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                                • When Visual Studio installer pauses at a dialog box, change the taskbar to yellow

                                  I was working on some Office documents while installing an update for Visual Studio.

                                  The installer taskbar button continued to pulse green (i.e. ongoing progress) for a long time, but when I checked back in, it was prompting me to close Office documents and retry.

                                  If the taskbar button "progress" had turned conventionally yellow and stopped pulsing, I would have been able to recognize this and action it minutes in advance of the actual discovery.

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                                  • Provide a powershell version of vcvars

                                    Using visual-studio from the command line, if your command line is powershell, is not currently well represented. There are no obvious cmdlets or powershell scripts that allow you to invoke the equivalent of a vsdevcmd powershell prompt.

                                    So far the work-arounds I've seen tend to involve guessing what the 'vcvars.bat' is called, invoking that, calling 'set' and scraping the values. Problem is, you basically have to know where visual studio is before you begin.

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                                    • please provide visual studio 2017 in iso of community edition

                                      please provide visual studio 2017 in iso. Wasting of time to download all and taking too much time and due to any interruption all is getting failed.
                                      There no resume option works.

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                                      • 希望 下载速度能快一点

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                                        希望 下载速度能快一点

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                                        • Crear Visual Studio Little, pero upgradable.

                                          Descargar e instalar VisualStudio se ha comido un día entre descargas,instalaciones y arranque. Y no tengo un mal PC ni un ancho de banda escaso. Quizás una modalidad más restringida, sin tanta parafernalia, para aplicaciones rápidas o prototipos, de rápida descarga y arranque, podría ser de agradecer.

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