I suggest you ...

Make the installation of Visual Studio light-weight and fast

What?
Installing Visual Studio takes too long

Why?
There's a lot of stuff that the VS installer installs that I probably never is going to use.

Proposal:
Make modules and packages install when needed. The Office-install has had this option for ages, where you can deceide whether you want to install a feature a) now, b) when needed, or c) never. That way the basic install will probably be a lot faster and it will take up less space on our drives (how many terabytes of never-used-features do you think VS is accumulating worldwide?).

I belive you already have the package system to handle this (nuget), so eat some of your own dogfood and show us that the package system can handle app installs as well :)

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    Kjetil Klaussen shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We’re delighted to say that Visual Studio 2017 is now released, including a completely revamped installer in response to this and other feedback. The smallest installation of Visual Studio is one-tenth the size of previous versions and takes on average just three minutes to install. Build-to-build upgrades take just a minute or two. You can select a workload of your choice – we won’t install things that you’re not going to use.

    To the proposal, we support in-product acquisition of components on demand. You can just hit Ctrl+Q (quick launch), type the feature you want, and we’ll take you straight into an installation experience for that feature.

    Thanks for the great feature request – we hope you like Visual Studio 2017! Download it from http://visualstudio.com.

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      • RENDRFX commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please add faster application and a bit of faster downloading.
        And yes i have Visual Studio 2017.

      • Peter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sorry, but how dare you to mark this as completed?
        This HTML over Electron behemoth consumes 153MB on my disk on its own! For an installer!
        It still insist to install many stuff to C:. It still installs IIS and SQL express for desktop workload. It stills splatters registry entries and files all over the place. It still takes ages to copy some files to my lightning fast SSD. Beside being a little bit faster on the actual installation, its actually worse than the old one. And no progress for 15.0 to 15.3. And don't get me started on the offline installer creation mess. Some people should get fired about this. I really feel joshed.

      • Hrushikesh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        i need visual studio for my laptop i have mini laptop having ram 1 gb and i want size till 4 gb is it possible with visual studio 2017....

      • Green Tea commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My VS2017 installation has so much bloat, even more than VS2015. It runs stupidly slow and is painful to use. I still use VS2008 on a VM when I can and it is a pleasure to use.

      • NotAPro77 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "Visual Studio 2017 is now released, including a completely revamped installer".....really??.
        This feels like No step forward and 10 step backward since the offline installer creation is Not very friendly.
        What if the internet is shaky and gets disconnected in b/w, don't see the download resuming, left with no button/option to resume.
        I understand the move, but make it more usable...more option to check whats downloaded and resume from there......or just give an iso.

      • JAMES DELORN HOWLAND JR commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I tried to understand to install VB 2017 Express but, I always get System Failed Error and Cannot installed because of nondirectory error also I tried to get help online but, I had no success at all

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Where exactly is the progress in 2017?! The "give us a minute, we'll be done soon" screen itself takes about 20 minutes to get "done". The download and install is taking forever! (I selected 6 packages). I just can't seem to download it. I kept my laptop open and plugged in overnight, in the morning it showed 36% completed. And then I had to put it to sleep and the installation never resumed. I get a download speed of 1 MBps on an average. So far I have had to cancel and uninstall and restart the installation (download) process 5 times. There's no ISO. I don't know how to do it. This is stupid!

      • Thomas Tran commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I just wonder why do VS team even release VS2015 product that takes so long to install. All i want is to us basic C++ package and installation still going after 2 hours of installation on Dell M7500 series laptop with SSD drive!

        Please please fix this in vS2017. At this point moving from VS2013 to VS2015 is a big mistake!

      • Craftplacer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The 2. Problem is that VS 2017 is still in Development and after my Install VS was not able to debug my Project and needed to install VS 2015

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What an unforgivable amazing amount of bloatware.
        A simple compiler, a simple set of libraries for windows development should take 10 meg or less.
        You lost a customer Microsoft, installing this for hours for a simple c hello world re-affirms that MS does not have a handle on the thing that got them there, language development tools.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just downloaded VS Studio 2015 "Express" in standalone for offline install.. folder is 25 Go !!!
        Just fix this plz !!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great work on the VS 2017 RC installer! Its better when we aren't forced to carve an entire day out of our lives to install a new version of Visual Studio. ;)

        This idea is now separated into a new suggestion: Make "Windows Forms" an Optional Choice for Installation. Please vote!

        I'm not sure how much of my SSD space is used by "Windows Forms", nor how much more time that the installer takes as a result of that component. Maybe Microsoft can contribute some of that information to the idea. I'm assuming there is no run-time costs for devenv.exe related to keeping Windows Forms around. Right?

        Keep up the good work!

      • Kjetil Klaussen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Visual Studio 2017 is really starting to look good. The installation experience is just what I was hoping for and the performance is way better than any previous VS versions I've run (and I've run them all since 2000). I've been running VS 2017 since preview 2 and will test out the RC now :)

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Anonymous +1 for making Windows Forms an optional component.

        (You don't automatically include other technologies which reached the end of their lifecycles, eg. Foxpro and VB6 and J# and so on)

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If there is any update, it must be truly integrated with original.
        ex: VisualStudio 2015 is 3GB, VisualStudio 2015 with update 3 is 7.5GB.

      • xyz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        VS '15' (not VS2015, but the next version, possibly VS2016 or VS2017) has a new installer that only installs what you want. Eg. if you only need C#, you'll only get that and the core stuff, so you'll install maybe 1GB instead of 10GB.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think you should separate WPF and Windows Forms in the new Visual Studio 15 Installer. Most developers use either WPF or Windows Forms, but usually not both technologies together.

        @James Skala: +1 for the option to install over my existing version of Visual Studio.

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