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How to: Install Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 Offline

How to: Install Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 Offline

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Now available: How to: Install Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 Offline (updated version of the content below)

Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 is now available for download. You’ll find that only a web installer is provided, which means you need to be online to install it as it acquires the necessary packages for your installed product at installation time.

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But don’t fret if you need to download Update 1 for ease of installation in a VM, or on a disconnected machine. The web installer for Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 (vsupdate_KB2707250.exe) has built-in functionality to create your own local copy of the full update (one size fits all – Express, Pro, Test Pro, Premium, and Ultimate).

Note This is similar to how you create a network image: How to: Create and Run an Unattended Installation of Visual Studio.

To create a local copy of Update, save the web installer locally. Then open a command prompt at that location and run the EXE with the /layout switch.

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This will launch an interactive experience where you can designate the Download Location (by default, your My Documents folder).

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Click Download and the installer will then acquire all of the packages and save them to the designated folder. You can even watch each category flash by on the screen as it downloads.

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Once it’s complete, you get the all clear message that looks like this:

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Go to the folder you designated earlier, and you can find all the files you need to install Update 1 offline:

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Remember, this is the full update. It has everything for updating Visual Studio 2012 IDE products and Test Professional.

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You can now burn a DVD (almost 1 GB), create an ISO for use with a VM, or copy the folder structure to a portable drive. Be sure you copy both the EXE and the Packages folder from this download location. This version of the EXE will look for the packages locally instead of online.

This process works with most of the Visual Studio 2012 web installers, too. If you choose to download a Visual Studio 2012 product, chances are you’re running a build of the web installer with the /layout switch hard coded into it.

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  • The installer seems to be extremely inefficient at pulling small files down. It looks like they are pulled serially. My connection is capable of pulling iso's from MSDN at 4MiB/s end to end. But this installer I'm lucky to average 100KiB/s over a minute. It's 4MiB/s here and there, but it looks like just long enough to pull some of the larger files.

    I don't understand the comment about high incidence of failures pulling iso's. I can't remember once in 5 years where I've had a failed or corrupt iso download, especially from MSDN subscriber downloads. If it really is a problem, why not provide the files in a more reliable solid container like rar which allows some corruption recovery data to be embedded. The chatty and inefficient file by file download system hardly seems warranted.

  • Hi,

    when trying to install this both with the /layout and without it it gets stuck after sometime with an "Unable to locate pacakge source" message

    [Original installer path]\packages\kb2744908\KB2744908.msp"

    When I choose download from the internet it tries again and returns to this message. I made sure that it downloaded some 100 MB before this message. Has anyone else encountered this error ? How can I continue the download ?

    @Cesar - I'm not quite certain how to help you with this issue. Please post this over in the forum where we can get more people who can help you to see the issue you're having: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vssetup/.

  • Thank's for informations. Can you share to combine update 1 into ISO file ?

    @Cecep - After you finish running the download of the Update 1 layout, you can create an ISO file based on the resulting folder structure using software that came with your CD/DVD writer, or by using any of a number of free utilities (e.g., File2ISO) you can find online.

  • It fails to retrieve Cab8 for me as well.  I see the problem on 2 different machines.  It fails both with and without /layout.  One machine has 2008 Server R2 and the other has Windows 7 Pro.  Both are 64 bit machines with VS 2010 as well as VS 2012 on them.  It retrieves the first 7 Cabs just fine and then when it looks for Cab 8 it goes immediately to prompt for source:  

    Prompt for source of package: vc_librarycore_VSU, payload: cab5FA786023EA1347E2027EB247F1F2ACB, path: F:\Temp\VS 2012\packages\vc_librarycore\cab8.cab

    @Rob - I'm not certain what the solution is to your issue; however, it looks like you've already posted this in the forum: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vssetup/thread/f5e64724-aed0-4c2d-8f4b-8fc2ac31c07b.

  • I have been trying for days to download these files.  If you put them in an iso file in the MSDN subscriber downloads then at least we can pause and restart the download.  This does not have the option to pause and restart.  There are some of us who for some reason or another, have to have the ability to pause and restart the downloads.

    I am one of those that had difficulties in downloading the iso files.  Since the ability to pause and restart was added, I have been able to limit the number of times that I have to restart the download of files.

    Not having the ability to pause ans restart the download, I doubt that I will ever be able to successfully get these files.

    Please provide other alternatives to download this update.

  • For me, the download also fails with "Unable to locate package source" for the package KB2744908.

    I would also prefer a regular .iso download. In my experience, they cause less trouble than any proprietary download managers.

    @Mathias - Noted. I'm not sure if there's a plan to provide an ISO, or not. The best place to provide feedback and suggestions is in the Visual Studio User Voice forum: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio

  • What is up with all the negativity in the comments? I ran the update with the /layout option and went to lunch. Came back and the files were downloaded. This is MUCH more preferable in my opinion as I don't have to extract the files from the ISO to put them on a network share for easier installation on systems that support natively mounting an ISO.

    So in short - a VERY BIG THANK YOU for improving the update experience with each release of Visual Studio. I do very much look forward to a "slip streaming" method in the future (like Office does with the Updates folder).

    @Goyuix - I'm happy to hear that. It's just not in our online nature to provide accolades when things work, because we expect things to do so. I'm equally guilty of usually only posting to other companies when I'm having issues, and not when it just works as it should. Wheels that don't need oil, don't squeak. :)

  • Useful article. thanks

  • I installed this update without any problems. 20 min tops.

    BUT

    I start having all kind of issues with my project  web app .net 3.5

    right click on the file take FOREVER

    Opening files takes much more time.

    and more issues.

    Uninstall was a PAIN.

    Had to do system restore.

    Any1 else having issues with this update????

  • Really? Shock!!!! This is like trying to install some Linux software. Terrible.

  • My comment is not aimed at Rob but at MS.

  • Thanks!

  • This approach fails just as running vsupdate_KB2707250.exe directly fails for me. I'm assuming this is because I'm behind a proxy. vsupdate_KB2707250.exe fails saying it is unable to locate a package. vsupdate_KB2707250.exe /layout fails "Install cannot continue because some required components failed."

    Why not simply supply an .iso? Why must users produce an .iso themselves?

  • Thanks for this blog.谢谢。

  • Thank you very much.... :-)

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