A tutorial for beginners on how to get started with Visual Studio



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The first version of Microsoft Visual Studio was released in 1998. Currently, the latest offering is called Visual Studio 2017 and contains a variety of features. It has come a long way since its publication in 1998. Well, let’s quickly dive into how a beginner can start with VS. So, you must first decide whether you want to use an online installer or get it offline first. It’s strangely complicated. Due to the presence of third-party components such as the Android emulator and iOS SDK, etc. in the package, Microsoft cannot directly host offline ISO images, as was the case until 2015. Therefore, there are two different ways to download the software, depending on whether you want an offline or online installer. Let us look at them one at a time.

To install Visual Studio

Offline Method



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Find the correct output

First, make sure that the Microsoft Visual Studio edition you want to download. Then you must get the appropriate web installer for the respective edition. The following links are for the web installer of your desired issue of VS 2017

  • Get Visual Studio Community 2017 from here.
  • Find Visual Studio Professional 2017 here;
  • Download Visual Studio Enterprise 2017 here.

Load all files for offline cache

This area is somewhat difficult. Here, you must first evaluate the development components you need to download. There is a separate order (yes! order) for web and desktop development packages. Another for office automation development.NET and more.

Let’s start with each component. I’m saying you don’t need all the components. Take only those who are close to your heart.

First open the command prompt with administrator rights.

Then navigate to the location where the installation program you just downloaded is stored.

Now start executing the following command line instructions.

  • Do this for the development of.NET web and.NET Desktop:

2017layovs_community.exe –layout c:vs2017layout –add Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload. ManagedDesktop –add Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.NetWeb –add Component.GitHub.VisualStudio –includeOptional –lang en-US2017layo

  • Do this for.NET Desktop and Office Development :

2017layovs_community.exe –layout c:vs2017layout –add Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.ManagedDesktop –add Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.Workload.Office –includeOptional –lang en-US2017layo

    • For C++ desktop development, do this :

2017layovs_community.exe –layout c:vs2017layout –add Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.NativeDesktop –includeRecommended –lang en-US2017layo

    • For complete offline component collection, run it :

2017layovs_community.exe –layout c:vs2017layout –lang en-US 2017layo

If you do not want to use English as the language for the software, simply change from-USi> in the above commands with the desired language.

Install Visual Studio from the downloaded cache

If you want to make sure that you install only the files you downloaded, you can run this command line to check.

2017layovs_community.exe –layout c:vs2017layout –add Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.ManagedDesktop –add Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.NetWeb –add Component.GitHub.VisualStudio –includeOptional –lang en-US2017layo

To install VS from downloaded files, run this command.

2017layoc:vs2017layoutvs_community.exe –add Microsoft.Visu.

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