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Visual Studio Whidbey Express SKU manual install instructions

Visual Studio Whidbey Express SKU manual install instructions

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Hey all, it looks like the Visual Studio setup team has heard all of the feedback because they have posted manual installation instructions for the Express SKUs.  Here is a compilation of all of the useful links:

Manual Install Instructions

Direct Download Links

If you are on a very slow connection or have a pay-by-the-megabyte connection or something like that, you can use this link to order CDs - http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/vs2005/get/order/.  You will only be charged the cost of manufacturing the CDs and shipping them to you.

The setup team would like to ask you to please try the downloader application before linking to the packages directly because this is a beta and they are looking for all of the feedback and bug reports they can get for this new feature.  Please report any issues you find while installing or using the products at the product feedback site - http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/productfeedback

If you download the packages, you can use the instructions I posted at http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2004/07/05/173639.aspx to create an installable layout and optionally burn it to a CD.  These steps will give you the same layout of files as the CDs that you can order from the link above.

Let me know if you have any comments or questions, hope this helps....


  • At last, we get direct access to the downloads. :)

    I'm not on a very fast connection and I was afraid I might lose my entire effort if something happens during the download. Now, I can use GetRight. :)

    Btw, what's a SKU?
  • I need to remember to stop using Microsoft acronyms like that, sorry. SKU = stock keeping unit. It is basically an individual product/version and represents what will end up being one version of a product that is sold or released to the web as an atomic unit.
  • Actually there's no problem in using the term. :)

    Because everyone else on the Internet is and I only wanted to know what the acronym SKU meant that everyone is refering too. Thanks.
  • I downloaded VC express and MSND express successfully, but I couldn't download .NET Framework. The error is "404 - File or directory not found". Any one can help?
  • I am looking into this issue with the links that are provided on the manual install instructions. In the meantime, it appears that this link will work:

  • It works. Thank you very much!
  • Thanks for the link. Finally it was out. Cheers.
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