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Installing Visual Studio

To install Visual Studio, you can use the installation media (DVDs) or download the installation files from Microsoft.

The page includes detailed information to help you with installing Visual Studio 2013. But to get you quickly to information about features, editions, system requirements, and more, please see the links in the following table.

SKUs

For information about what features are available in each edition of Visual Studio 2013, see Compare Editions.

System Requirements

For information about system requirements for each edition of Visual Studio 2013, including platform targeting and supported upgrade paths, see System requirements and platform compatibility.

Download

To install Visual Studio, you can use the installation media—for example, DVDs—or you can download the installation files from Microsoft.

Product Key

To locate your product key, see How to: Locate the Visual Studio Product Key.

Licensing

Whether you are an individual user or an enterprise customer, we have a licensing option for you. To learn more, see the Visual Studio and MSDN Licensing White Paper.

Tip Tip

Looking for Visual Studio 2015? Visit our Installing Visual Studio 2015 page.

This page includes the following Visual Studio 2013 installation information:

You need administrator credentials to install Visual Studio. However, you don't need them to use Visual Studio after you install it.

If an earlier version of Visual Studio is installed on the computer, read about how to run multiple versions. For more information, see Installing Visual Studio Versions Side-by-Side and Determining Which Version of the .NET Framework Is Installed.

  • To install Visual Studio, in the root directory on the Visual Studio installation media, run the installation file for the edition you want:

    Edition

    Installation File

    Visual Studio Ultimate

    vs_ultimate.exe

    Visual Studio Premium

    vs_premium.exe

    Visual Studio Professional

    vs_professional.exe

In most cases, you can install Visual Studio from the download site with no problems. However, in some cases, you may want to download all the update packages before you install them (for example, to install on multiple machines or on an offline machine). The following steps explain how to download all the update packages that you need for an offline installation.

  1. After you download the update executable from the MSDN website to a location on your file system, run the following command at a command prompt: <executable name> /layout.

    This command downloads all the packages for the installation.

    By using the /layout switch, you can download all the installation packages, not just the ones that apply to the download machine. This approach gives you all the files that you need to run this update anywhere and may be useful if you want to install components that weren't installed originally.

  2. After you run the command, you should be prompted for the download location. Enter the location, and then choose Download.

  3. When the package download is successful, you should see a Visual Studio screen that says Setup Successful! All specified components have been acquired successfully.

  4. In the file location that you specified, find the executable file and the package folder. This is everything you need to copy to a shared location or install media.

  5. You can now run the installation from the file location or the install media.

If you run Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V enabled and an accelerated graphics adapter, you may experience system slowdowns.

For more information, see the following page on the Microsoft website: Video performance may decrease when a Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 based computer has the Hyper-V role enabled and an accelerated display adapter installed.

When you run the installation application, you can use the following command-line parameters, which are case-insensitive.

Parameter

Description

/?

/help

/h

Displays command-line parameters.

/AddRemoveFeatures

Specifies which features to add or remove from the installed product.

/AdminFile AdminDeployment.xml

Installs Visual Studio using the data file that you specified for administrative installation.

/CEIPConsent

Consents to the collection of information to improve the customer experience in accordance with the product privacy policy.

/ChainingPackage BundleName

Specifies which bundle is chaining this bundle.

/CustomInstallPath InstallationDirectory

Installs all re-targetable packages in the directory that you specify.

/ForceRestart

Always restarts the computer after installation.

/full

Installs all product features.

/l

/Log Filename

Specifies a location for the log file.

/layout Directory

Copies the files on the installation media to the directory that you specify.

/NoCacheOnlyMode

Prevents pre-population of the package cache.

/norestart

Prevents the installation application from restarting the computer during or after installation. See Return codes for return codes to look for.

/noweb

Prevents installation from the Internet.

/ProductKey ProductKey

Sets a custom product key that contains no dashes and no more than 25 characters.

/PromptRestart

Prompts the user before restarting the computer.

/q

/quiet

/s

/silent

Suppresses the user interface (UI) for the installation application. If Visual Studio is already installed and you specify no parameters except this one, the installation application runs in Maintenance mode.

/qb

/passive

Shows progress but doesn't wait for user input.

/repair

Repairs Visual Studio.

/u

/Uninstall

Uninstalls Visual Studio.

/Uninstall /Force

/u /force

Uninstalls Visual Studio and all features that are shared with other products.

Caution note Caution

If you use this parameter, other products that are installed on the same computer might stop functioning correctly.

Use these resources to get help for setup and installation issues:

  • Visual Studio Setup and Installation forum. Review questions and answers from others in the Visual Studio community. If you don't find what you need, ask your own questions.

  • Microsoft Support for Visual Studio website. Read knowledge base (KB) articles and learn how to contact Microsoft Support for information about issues with Visual Studio installation.

For information about how to deploy Visual Studio over a network, see Visual Studio Administrator Guide.

After you have installed Visual Studio, we recommend that you register your copy of the product and check for updates.

To register Visual Studio

  1. On the menu bar, choose Help, About.

    The About dialog box shows the product identification number (PID). You'll need the PID and Windows Live credentials to register the product.

  2. On the menu bar, choose Help, Register Product.

Alternatively, use the registration card in the product box.

After you install Visual Studio, you can add additional Help content.

To install or uninstall Help content

  1. On the Visual Studio menu bar, choose Help, Add and Remove Help Content.

  2. On the Manage Content tab of the Microsoft Help Viewer, select the installation source for your Help content.

  3. If you're looking for a specific Help collection, enter the name or a keyword in the Search text box and then press Enter.

  4. Next to the name of the Help collection you want, choose the Add or Remove link.

  5. Choose the Update button.

To repair Visual Studio

  1. In Control Panel, on the Programs and Features page, choose the product edition that you want to repair, and then choose Uninstall/Change.

  2. In the Setup wizard, choose Repair, choose Next, and then follow the remaining instructions.

To repair Visual Studio in silent or passive modes (that is, repair from source)

  1. On the computer where Visual Studio is installed, open the Windows command prompt.

  2. Enter the following parameters:

    DVDRoot \vs_ProductName.exe </quiet|/passive> [/norestart]

    If ERRORLEVEL 1 Echo ERRORLEVEL=%ERRORLEVEL%

To install selectable items

  1. In Control Panel, on the Programs and Features page, choose the product edition to which you want to add one or more components, and then choose Change.

  2. In the Setup wizard, choose Modify, and then choose the components that you want to install.

  3. Choose Next, and then follow the remaining instructions.

Visual Studio doesn't automatically upgrade extensions when you upgrade from previous versions because not all extensions are compatible. You must reinstall the extensions from the Visual Studio Galleryor the software publisher.

To automatically check for service releases

  1. On the menu bar, choose Tools, Options.

  2. In the Options dialog box, expand Environment, and then select Extensions and Updates. Make sure the Automatically check for updates check box is selected, and then choose OK.

To uninstall Visual Studio

  1. In Control Panel, on the Programs and Features page, choose the product edition that you want to uninstall, and then choose Change.

  2. In the Setup wizard, choose Uninstall, choose Yes, and then follow the remaining instructions in the wizard.

To uninstall Visual Studio in silent or passive modes (that is, uninstall from source)

  1. On the computer where Visual Studio is installed, open the Windows command prompt.

  2. Enter the following parameters:

    DVDRoot \vs_ProductName.exe </quiet|/passive> [/norestart]/uninstall

    If ERRORLEVEL 1 Echo ERRORLEVEL=%ERRORLEVEL%

If you can't uninstall Visual Studio by using the uninstallation utility, you can perform a manual uninstallation by removing Visual Studio and then removing related components. For more information, see the Visual Studio Developer Center.

Title

Description

Installing Visual Studio Versions Side-by-Side

Provides information about how to install multiple versions of Visual Studio on the same computer.

The Visual Studio Image Library

Provides information about how to install graphics that you can use in Visual Studio applications.

Visual Studio Administrator Guide

Provides information about deployment options for Visual Studio.

Installing Multiple Language Versions of Visual Studio

Provides information about how to install different language versions of Visual Studio.

How to: Upgrade from a Trial Edition of Visual Studio

Provides information about how to upgrade from a trial edition to a full edition of Visual Studio 2013.

How to: Locate the Visual Studio Product Key

Provides information about how to locate the product key for your installation of Visual Studio.

Getting Started with Visual Studio

Links to documents that can help you use Visual Studio effectively.

Availability of Features in Visual Studio Versions

Lists certain features that are supported in various versions of Visual Studio.

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