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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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  • think commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I just want to know why you closet the vote option on this thread ??????

  • Annoyed developer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thank you very much Microsoft!!!!, good deal!!!! ¿What is the use to offer a free product, that has a license, that cannot be obtained offline? Should I tell the company INF guys, yeah, this development server that is isolated? it will need internet connection to obtain a periodic license for something that is supposed to be "for the community"


  • connect commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    In the near future...

    Users: "Can we at least sign in to windows offline..."

    M$: DENIED

  • karl commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The current activation procedure is completely ridiculous! There has to be a way to activate off-line! The current procedure even fails if the security settings of Internet Explorer are High.

  • PissedProgrammer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Poor, Poor, Poor design. do you not take into consideration security protocols at multi-billion dollar companies or is it that you just don't care?

  • [Deleted User] commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    this is just making me used the cracked professional version and I doubt im the only one, completely pointless

  • xte knagn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Oh sorry, no, they actually still have live chat support with supposedly alive human beings on the other end, but they won't even bother telling you what's that exact reason they made up to suspend your account. You are supposed to guess which part of 'Terms' you violated - and to rest assured that no one @MS will ever see or use the phone you give them. Alright, I almost believe you guys. Thankfully, alternatives are already available - CLion, QT Creator, heck, even Sublime + Clang complete. The more people say goodbye to VS, the sooner we will have no reason to miss M$ Intellisense and debugger. The choice is yours, guys.

  • xte knagn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The icing on the shitcake of micro$oft policy is that if the """free""" m$ account you use doesn't have the phone number tied to it, you've got all the chances that it will be "temporarily suspended" any day soon, which in newspeak stands for "forever blocked", until you obey and supply them a phone number. The reason given is: "Someone MAY have used your account to send out a lot of junk messages or done SOMETHING else that violates the Microsoft Services Agreement." That's right - MAY have OR done SOMETHING else - a razor-sharp indictment, isn't it? And if you try to contact anyone @M$, good luck with that - all you can reach nowdays is a "smart, artificial-network-enabled chatbot" with an ugly flat avatar, parroting the same nonsense again and again. So you're either just knocking at this inanimate brave new black mirror to death or just give up and happily moo your phone number out. This **** of a company must be boycotted, plain and simple.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'd like to vote for this idea. It's a pity that Microsoft do not want to listen to user. I've noticed simillar behaviour with other MS products like Skype (using one skype instead of both private and business version) or One Note (multilanguage issue)

  • Klaus Jakobsen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I guess this is why Android surpassed Microsoft Windows last year online. Forcing users one way just doesn't seem to be the way...

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Dear partners,
    If we should open and add firewall policy to allow for using visual studio community , which port or address we should allow it to open in offline environment ? Thanks a lot.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    eu ate sei da importancia de manter certa conectividade, mais uso o community e em minha cidade ainda nao tem internet, se nao fosse o layout eu nao teria o community fora o trabalho de levar o pc para a casa de meu primo na cidade para poder ativar

  • Gadecs commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Sorry, my english is weak.
    I want allow in firewall Visual Studio connection.
    Which ports need to open?

  • SlickMek commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is flat out ridiculous. People dont have this always connected culture that so pervades the west. Im thinking about that since I went back home to an underdeveloped country that barely had internet. It seems with the advent of WIndows 10 and it's paradigm shift this has been the thing.

    Furthermore, I actually am coming from Linux. Im working on a program and decided begrudgingly (because I hate heavy IDEs and I realized thru the grapevine that VS Studio and Eclipse were heavy) that I needed this to edit and compile a C# program on WIndows. Imagine my shock when seeing although it is is free Skynet I mean MicroNet...I mean Microsoft wants me to sign-in to the product? Nah Ill use it for the 30 days and then delete it,and go back to avoiding it like I was previously, though imagine now if I (or anyone else on here) ever need to reccommend a product to a person or a business. VS Studio might be avoided. Your upsell is neutered here. YOu're basically in a position like Adobe Photoshop and their Creative thing. You likely have a very good product but many people will be turned off or opt for the competitor, easier because of that massive inconvenience.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have VS 2017 community edition, I also have a microsoft account but i am unable to sign because it is saying online services are not avaiable

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