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Bring back the basic setup and deployment project type Visual Studio Installer.

You really need to bring back the basic Setup and Deployment project name Visual Studio Installer. It was a clean, simple, and effective installer for home grown applications that were to be deployed internally. I downloaded and used InstallShield LE and it's too complicated and overblown to build simple effective install/uninstall capabilities. Why did you remove it to begin with? We have to support desktop applications for the foreseeable future.

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We have just released an extension which delivers the Visual Studio Installer projects functionality present in Visual Studio 2010 for Visual Studio 2013.

To find out more please read Visual Studio Installer Projects Extension

Tony Goodhew, Program Manager, VS Pro

We have more information on the next version of InstallShield Limited Edition that will be included in Visual Studio 2013.

What’s new in Visual Studio 2013 and InstallShield Limited Edition

We’d like to thank you all for your comments on this UserVoice entry. We have been discussing the comments on InstallShield Limited Edition (ISLE) raised here with Flexera and we are currently working with them to address the top issues. At this stage we have no plans to include the former Visual Studio Setup Projects in future product versions but we will continue to work with Flexera and the community to ensure Visual Studio customers’ setup needs will be met with no-cost tooling that supports a broad range of scenarios.

Tony Goodhew, Program Manager, VS Pro.


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  • Tom commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Anonymous: If you cannot find extension for VS 2012 then you can use NSIS/Inno Setup extension (Visual & Installer) and convert your .vdproj project. Then it will work in any Visual Studio version.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Did you create released an insaller extension for Visual Studio 2012? I need to run the setup project made in 2008.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi, I really dislike the fact that Microsoft removes some features from its older products while adding new features. I belive, old features should be kept in new products even if they are not very popular. I prefer the simple interface of VS setup projects. I cannot use Installshield, because I am blind and I use JAWS (screen reader) and IS is not accessible with JAWS.

  • Murat Zorer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You have a culture specific url-encode defect (url shows BlobNotFound error). Here is the url that extension download redirects me:


    Note that "ınstallerprojects" should be with 'i', "installerprojects" (that url works)


  • Slappy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


    Hello Phil, are you talking about NSIS/Inno Setup extension (Visual & Installer)? That is definitely working in Community edition!
    Please download latest version from product website http://visual-installer.com/
    Recently new version was released with Visual Studio 2017 support (all editions!)

  • Phil commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Unfortunately this extension doesn't work in the Community edition of VS2015.

  • yuval commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like to see Microsoft's developer themselves using this slow buggy **** of cr*p IS for their installations before asking us to use it. Understanding that Microsoft has very good developers and horrible horrible Product managers led me to the conclusion to move to WIX. If the developers are using it its because they know better, and the PMs don't seem to care about the clients. Dealing my self with PMs and sales teams, I know that business and logic usually has very little in common.


    I really hope that after the decision of releasing Skype for busyness without an option to migrate your regular Skype account to it someone in Microsoft went home, in this rate of idiotic decisions while getting increasing competition from open source the future of Microsoft seems grim

  • Ian Tompsett commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If it's so readily available as an extension, why not just include it in the main VS product? That would make life much easier on build servers.

    As it is I end up developing software in VS 2015, but need to keep VS 2010 around to build my install projects - a major pain.

  • Sushil Dudani commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Why is Microsoft team making things difficult. Because you made things so difficult for me, I moved from Visual Studio 6 to Python and Node.JS and I am happy with those two latter languages. Bad decisions made by Microsoft programmers.

  • MackE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You need to either include InstallShield LE as part of the basic install or give us something else so in work environments where we don't have to ability to download and install extensions, we can create a basic msi or exe.

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please dont release version again n again .First fix the bugs and release after long time.

  • Don Halloran commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So, Microsoft has decided to make the operating system more and more complicated to install to (UAC, user folders, etc), while simultaneously removing the tools that would normally handle such complexities.

    You are killing your own operating system. If you make it so painful to create programs that install in a way that correctly adheres with your operating system security principles, then people will instead simply make programs that do not adhere to those principles.

    The decision is not only ridiculous from a development toolset point of view, it's utterly asinine when considered in the light of increasing OS complexity.

    This is Microsoft sending a big "F.U." to developers.

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