Note this post has been edited to have people copy the files to their hard drive BEFORE running setup!)

 

The release candidate of Visual Studio 2010 is only available as iso*…Now for me this isn’t a big deal as ISO’s are the ONLY thing i download when given a choice.

ISOs are very versatile in that i can burn media, mount them in a virtual machine –or run them directly from my computer. 

When i mentioned this to one of my co-workers they said they didn’t know you could run them directly (without burning them to media first)

There are several utilities for this like: MagicISO Virtual CD/DVD-ROM or BurnCDCC by TerabyteUnlimited

But the tool i really like and use is by Slysoft called Virtual Clone drive http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html at less then 1.5mb and compatible with Window7– it is a must for every computer i use.

After installing Virtual Clone Drive and downloading the ISO getting started is is as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Right click on the ISO you downloaded and open with Virtual Clonedrive

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2. Choose Open files when the “DVD drive” is mounted.

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3. Copy files to a local hardrive and double click on setup.exe!

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For the definitive source of information on installing Visual Studio RC please check out Aarons blog post:

Upgrade instructions for moving from Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 to RC 

 

*For our future major betas we will continue to offer web installers!