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      112 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

    • 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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        171 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…

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        • Stop installing a bunch of SQL server stuff

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          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?

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            3 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make the Visual Studio installer more customizable (more than VS 2015)

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            https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351401/make-the-visual-studio-installer-more-customizable.html
            Let the user choose whether to install or not features such a Visual Basic or C#, and for which platform to develop. Although Visual Studio 2015 brought a good improvement in the setup process choices (hence the "Make the Visual Studio installer more customizable" idea, voted 1715 times, recently marked as completed) there is still a lot of room to do better. The Visual Studio 6 granularity was just perfect, why now there are so few choices? Why do users need to install…

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              5 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Ability to create custom workloads for VS15 installer

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              https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351456/ability-to-create-custom-workloads-for-vs15-instal.html
              It would be nice if a user could create a custom workload that they can load into the VS15 installer. This would allow users to help others install the necessary components for development easily, rather than being told to install X, Y and Z, a user could be given a customised workload that will have X, Y and Z already selected for the user.

              I read through some blogs related to workloads and searched uservoice but could not find any mention of custom…

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                0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thank you for this – it’s good feedback. We have it on our backlog (for after RTM), but we haven’t heard the request commonly enough from customers yet to know that this is a high-priority item (compared to other items on the backlog). Your UserVoice idea is great, and we’ll keep monitoring this thread to understand the scenario better.

                Best wishes, Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

              • Seriously, reconsider torrents.

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                The ISO is 7.1GB. Running the /layout command will download.. well, who knows how many GB (I'm up to 9.86GB after THREE DAYS of downloading via Microsoft's servers, and it's still not complete). I've been downloading the ISO for the last 30 minutes and the speeds have not gone over 120KB/sec - it stays around 30-45KB/sec the majority of the time. No, it's not my end. I can download a slackware torrent right this very minute and reach speeds nearing 3MB/sec - I…

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                  3 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support .NET Core in Visual Studio 2017 without being necessary to install the whole web development package.

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                  https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351457/support-net-core-in-visual-studio-2017-without-bei.html
                  In Visual Studio 2015, tooling for .NET Core was available as a package, installed separately from the whole IDE.

                  However, Visual Studio 2017 RC has the option of installing the ".NET Core and Docker" workload. For developers that do not work with ASP.NET Core, this workload adds extra space to disk. So, I propose making a "Cross-platform development with .NET Core" workload, or something like that, but without web application development stuff.

                  Thanks.

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                    4 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    This is really good feedback. We’ve been reviewing what we do here. Right now, our plan is to merge the .NET Core features into the .NET desktop and .NET web workloads when the .NET Core tooling is no longer “preview-quality”. We would prefer not to silo it into a separate workload if possible, because we want it to be available to developers using the existing workloads. Interested to know what kinds of development you’re doing with .NET Core – are you running from the console?

                    At the same time, we also recognize that we need to keep trimming the size of the web tooling – that remains a work in progress.

                    One option for you is to install the .NET Core component specifically as an “individual component”, rather than as part of a workload. There’s a separate tab during installation to pick and choose…

                  • Selectable Install directories

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                    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351445/selectable-install-directories.html
                    Well this has been posted before but closed, I am posting it again. VS is increasing in size like crazy, its more important than ever before to bring back the option to install visual studio in a directory of our choosing. Also, get rid of the message "requires N GB of disk space in ALL drives". This message is vague. Just let us select a directory to install and install everything there, dont install everything to the hard coded system directories/partition. That would…

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                    • Allow the package cache to be moved to shared location with team members

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                      https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351440/allow-the-package-cache-to-be-moved-to-shared-loca.html
                      VS Setup has very heavy footprint on the hard drive. Especially because of the package cache that keep setup locally.

                      In virtualized environment, when several developers are using several VM with dev tools, this leads to a huge amount of disk space waste.

                      It would be nice in the cache location could be selected, and put on a network share, reachable by all team members.

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                        0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks for the feedback: we agree that this is an opportunity to reduce the installation footprint for VS. We are considering some options here, including turning the package cache off by default in the next release of Visual Studio and/or allowing you to set the install location.

                        Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                      • Pre-select installation options based on previous VS installations

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                        https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351449/pre-select-installation-options-based-on-previous.html
                        In the new "Willow" installer, I find that the default selection is only the VS core editor. Being a longtime Visual Studio users, I'm usually installing a new major version on a machine that still has one or more previous versions, so it would be great if the installer of the latest version offered to give me parity with my existing installation (in terms of packages/options/tools) so I don't have to remember what I selected the last time and have to re-launch the…

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                          1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          This is good feedback. We have a couple of ideas under review for solving this. One challenge is that every VS2015 installation includes C# and VB for desktop and web development, but we can’t presume that every user needs all those capabilities. But roaming your configuration across machines is a desirable goal and once we’re able to implement sign-in into the installer, we’ll be able to persist your choices to the cloud as a good starting point.

                          Thanks for sharing – and looking forward to seeing feedback from others too in this area.

                          Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                        • visual studio needs to allow people to change the install path

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                          https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351448/visual-studio-needs-to-allow-people-to-change-the.html
                          i have 2 hard drives so i should be allowed to choose where it installs this should be a feature that people should not have to complain about. i am disappointed with Microsoft.

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                          • create an offline install package for Visual Studio tools for Apache Cordova

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                            I have had the devils own job installing the prerequisites for Visual Studio tools for Apache Cordova - Gradle,NPM,Android etc from behind my company firewall. In the end I had to take my computer home to set it up. Can they not be packaged up to make an offline installation ?

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                            • VS vNext Insider

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                              https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351436/vs-vnext-insider.html
                              Add the option to check for updates in the IDE. And make it possible to get Insider ring of VS vNext builds for the people that feel adventurous.

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                              • Updater

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                                https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351444/updater.html
                                the installer/updater should determine whether VMware is installled and then skip the installation of HyperV, simply because they cannot coexist. it just keeps installing it, while I'm forced to keep uninstalling it - in order to keep the system operational. picking up ANDROID_HOME might also be useful - I mean, reporting SDK/NDK was found and skipping that install.

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                                • Allow switching editions (up or down) without reinstalling everything

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                                  https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351437/allow-switching-editions-up-or-down-without-reinst.html
                                  We have an internal VS Extension that we were trialing with Community Edition. Now that we are using it for commercial work, we need to upgrade the user to Pro. All the forum posts that I have found say it requires a full uninstall/reinstall. Additionally, we accidentally installed Enterprise edition on a few users and need to downgrade them to Pro. same situation -- full uninstall/reinstall. oh the wasted hours :(

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                                    0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks – this is good feedback, and we agree with you. It’s on the backlog, but licensing is currently deeply tied into the bits we lay down on disk so it’s not a quick fix. The work we’re doing with the new installer to refactor and componentize our installation will help us get closer towards this.

                                    Best wishes,

                                    Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                                  • make VisualStudio installation not dependent on server service

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                                    If Server service is disabled VS 2015 Community Edition fails to install SDK for UWA 10.0 embedded in Installation.

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                                    • Environment Variables -> Path on installation exceeding max length

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                                      Visual Studio adds folders to the Environment Variables -> Path without regard to the max size for the Path. The reason I highlight this here is with Visual Studio and SQL Server, it is common for developers to have multiple versions and hence much greater exposure to Path corruption due to it being too long.

                                      Some programs are known to clear the Path on install when it is too long - not something you want to find out the hard way!

                                      It would…

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                                      • Two node.exe found after installing VS "15" Preview 2

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                                        https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/351447/two-nodeexe-found-after-installing-vs-15-preview-2.html
                                        On a new Windows 10 machine, I installed VS "15" Preview 2 and searched system drive for node.exe. Here is what I found:

                                        C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 15.0\Common7\DevHub\Hosts\nodejs\node.exe
                                        (v0.10.31)

                                        and

                                        C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 15.0\Common7\IDE\Extensions\Microsoft\Web Tools\External\node\node.exe
                                        (v4.2.4)

                                        Please unify these tools and keep one copy of the latest LTS edition of node.exe: 4.4.5 LTS (https://nodejs.org/en/)

                                        FWIW, all major packages work with LTS version, including those with C++ modules.

                                        Thanks in anticipation! :)

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