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Tips and Tricks for Downloading Visual Studio 2017 Faster and Easier


How to Download and Install Visual Studio 2017




Visual Studio 2017 is a powerful and comprehensive integrated development environment (IDE) that supports a wide range of programming languages and platforms. Whether you want to develop web, cloud, desktop, mobile, or game applications, Visual Studio 2017 has the tools and features you need.


In this article, we will guide you through the steps of downloading and installing Visual Studio 2017 on your Windows machine. We will also cover some troubleshooting tips in case you encounter any issues during the process.




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System Requirements




Before you start downloading Visual Studio 2017, make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements for running the IDE. These requirements vary depending on the edition and workload of Visual Studio 2017 that you choose.


The following table shows the minimum system requirements for Visual Studio 2017 Community, Professional, and Enterprise editions.


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ComponentMinimum Requirement


Operating SystemWindows 10 version 1507 or higher; Windows Server 2016; Windows Server 2012 R2 (with Update); Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (with Update)


Processor1.8 GHz or faster processor. Dual-core or better recommended


Memory2 GB of RAM; 4 GB of RAM recommended (2.5 GB minimum if running on a virtual machine)


Hard Disk SpaceMinimum of 800 MB up to 210 GB of available space, depending on features installed; typical installations require 20-50 GB of free space.


Graphics CardDirextX9-capable video card that runs at 1024 x768 or higher display resolution


You can also check the system requirements for other products in the Visual Studio family, such as Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio for Mac, and more.


Download Options




There are different ways to download Visual Studio 2017 depending on your needs and preferences. You can download either the setup bootstrapper or the installer for online installations, or you can download a network layout or an offline installation for offline installations.


Download the Setup Bootstrapper or the Installer




The setup bootstrapper is a small (1 MB) file that initiates the download process. The installer is a larger file (1 GB) that contains all the files needed for installation. You can use either of these files to install Visual Studio online.


To download the setup bootstrapper or the installer for Visual Studio 2017, go to the Visual Studio Downloads page. Select the edition of Visual Studio that you want (Community, Professional, or Enterprise) and choose either Free trial or Free download. Then, save the file to your Downloads folder.


Download a Network Layout or an Offline InstallationA network layout is a folder that contains all the files needed for installation. You can use this folder to install Visual Studio on multiple computers without downloading the files again. An offline installation is an ISO file that contains all the files needed for installation. You can use this file to install Visual Studio on a computer that does not have an internet connection.


To download a network layout or an offline installation for Visual Studio 2017, go to the Visual Studio Older Downloads page. Select the edition of Visual Studio that you want (Community, Professional, or Enterprise) and choose either Network Layout or Offline Installation. Then, save the file or the folder to your preferred location.


Installation Steps




Once you have downloaded the setup bootstrapper, the installer, the network layout, or the offline installation for Visual Studio 2017, you can proceed with the installation steps. These steps vary depending on the type of file or folder that you have downloaded.


Run the Setup Bootstrapper or the Installer and Choose Workloads




The setup bootstrapper or the installer will launch the Visual Studio Installer, which will guide you through the installation process. The first step is to choose the workloads that you want to install. Workloads are collections of features that support specific types of development, such as .NET desktop development, ASP.NET and web development, Data science and analytical applications, and more.


To run the setup bootstrapper or the installer and choose workloads, follow these steps:


  • Double-click the setup bootstrapper or the installer file that you have downloaded.



  • Accept the license terms and privacy policy and click Continue.



  • Select the workloads that you want to install from the list. You can see a summary of the features and disk space required for each workload on the right side of the screen.



  • Click Install to start the installation.



Customize the Installation with Individual Components and Language Packs




If you want to customize your installation further, you can add or remove individual components and language packs from your Visual Studio 2017 installation. Individual components are features that are not included in any workload, such as compilers, SDKs, tools, libraries, and extensions. Language packs are additional languages that you can use for your Visual Studio user interface and help content.


To customize your installation with individual components and language packs, follow these steps:


  • Click on the Individual components tab in the Visual Studio Installer.



  • Select or deselect the components that you want to add or remove from your installation. You can see a summary of the features and disk space required for each component on the right side of the screen.



  • Click on the Language packs tab in the Visual Studio Installer.



  • Select or deselect the languages that you want to add or remove from your installation. You can see a summary of the disk space required for each language on the right side of the screen.



  • Click Modify to apply your changes.



Change the Installation Location and Modify or Repair an Existing Installation




If you want to change the installation location of your Visual Studio 2017, you can do so by modifying your existing installation. You can also modify or repair your existing installation if you want to add or remove workloads, components, or languages, or if you encounter any issues with your Visual Studio 2017.


To change the installation location and modify or repair an existing installation, follow these steps:


  • Launch the Visual Studio Installer from your Start menu or from your Downloads folder.



  • Select your edition of Visual Studio 2017 from the list of installed products.



  • Click on More and choose Modify, Repair, or Uninstall from the drop-down menu.



  • If you choose Modify, you can change your workloads, components, and languages as described above. You can also change your installation location by clicking on Browse under Installation location and selecting a new folder.



  • If you choose Repair, you can fix any issues with your Visual Studio 2017 by reinstalling all its components.



  • If you choose Uninstall, you can remove your Visual Studio 2017 from your computer completely.



Troubleshooting Tips




Sometimes, you may encounter some problems during or after installing Visual Studio 2017. Here are some troubleshooting tips that may help you resolve these issues.


Check for Known Issues and Updates for Visual Studio 2017




The first thing you should do if you face any issues with Visual Studio 2017 is to check for known issues and updates for your edition of Visual Studio 2017. You can find the latest information about the known issues and updates for Visual Studio 2017 on the Visual Studio 2017 Release Notes page. You can also check for updates manually by launching the Visual Studio Installer and clicking on the Update button next to your edition of Visual Studio 2017.


Repair or Delete the Installer Folder if the Installation Fails




If your installation fails or gets stuck, you may need to repair or delete the installer folder that contains the temporary files for Visual Studio 2017. The installer folder is usually located at C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\VisualStudio\Packages. You can try to repair the installer folder by running the setup bootstrapper or the installer again with the --repair command-line option. You can also try to delete the installer folder manually or by using a tool such as the Visual Studio Uninstaller.


Collect Logs and Report Problems to Microsoft Support




If none of the above tips help you resolve your issues with Visual Studio 2017, you may need to collect logs and report problems to Microsoft Support. You can collect logs by running the setup bootstrapper or the installer with the --collectlogs command-line option. This will create a zip file with the logs in your %TEMP% folder. You can then report problems to Microsoft Support by using the Report a Problem tool in Visual Studio 2017 or by submitting a ticket on the Visual Studio Developer Community site. Be sure to attach the zip file with the logs and provide as much detail as possible about your issue.


Conclusion




In this article, we have shown you how to download and install Visual Studio 2017 on your Windows machine. We have also covered some troubleshooting tips in case you encounter any issues during the process. We hope that this article has helped you get started with Visual Studio 2017 and enjoy its powerful and comprehensive features.


If you want to learn more about Visual Studio 2017, you can check out some of these resources:


  • The Visual Studio 2017 Documentation page, where you can find guides, tutorials, reference materials, and more.



  • The Visual Studio 2017 Product page, where you can find information about the editions, features, pricing, and licensing of Visual Studio 2017.



  • The Visual Studio YouTube channel, where you can watch videos about Visual Studio 2017 and other products in the Visual Studio family.



  • The Visual Studio Blog, where you can read news, announcements, tips, and best practices about Visual Studio 2017 and other products in the Visual Studio family.



FAQs




Here are some frequently asked questions about Visual Studio 2017:


  • What is the difference between Visual Studio 2017 Community, Professional, and Enterprise editions?



The main difference between these editions is the set of features and services that they offer. The Community edition is free for individual developers, open source projects, academic research, education, and small professional teams. The Professional edition is for professional developers who need advanced tools and services for their projects. The Enterprise edition is for enterprise-scale development teams who need comprehensive tools and services for their projects. You can compare the features of these editions on the Compare Visual Studio 2017 Offerings page.


  • How can I upgrade from an older version of Visual Studio to Visual Studio 2017?



You can upgrade from an older version of Visual Studio to Visual Studio 2017 by downloading and running the setup bootstrapper or the installer for your desired edition of Visual Studio 2017. The installer will detect your existing installation of Visual Studio and offer you options to upgrade or install side-by-side. You can also choose to uninstall your older version of Visual Studio before installing Visual Studio 2017.


  • How can I use multiple versions of Visual Studio on the same machine?



You can use multiple versions of Visual Studio on the same machine by installing them side-by-side. The installer will allow you to choose a different installation location for each version of Visual Studio that you install. You can also use the VSIX Installer tool to manage your extensions for each version of Visual Studio that you use.


  • How can I update my installation of Visual Studio 2017 to the latest version?



You can update your installation of Visual Studio 2017 to the latest version by launching the Visual Studio Installer and clicking on the Update button next to your edition of Visual Studio 2017. The installer will download and install the latest updates for your Visual Studio 2017. You can also check for updates manually by going to Help > Check for Updates in Visual Studio 2017.


  • How can I get help or support for Visual Studio 2017?



You can get help or support for Visual Studio 2017 by using the following resources:


  • The Visual Studio 2017 Documentation page, where you can find guides, tutorials, reference materials, and more.



  • The Visual Studio Developer Community site, where you can ask questions, report problems, suggest features, and vote on issues.



  • The Visual Studio Support page, where you can find support options, such as chat, phone, email, and forums.



  • The Visual Studio Feedback page, where you can send feedback, comments, or suggestions to the Visual Studio team.





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