Announcing availability of ISOs for Visual Studio Updates

Announcing availability of ISOs for Visual Studio Updates

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Last month, we shipped Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2). We’re continuing to see good uptake of the Update releases, with the majority of Visual Studio 2012 users now running on VS Update. We’re also hearing positive feedback on the VS Update cadence, and the ongoing improvements that it brings to Visual Studio customers.

Many customers have been installing Visual Studio Updates from the “toast” pop-up notification or from the Extensions and Updates dialog. This continues to be the simplest option. The installer downloads only the components you need (based on your current VS installed configuration), and then installs the bits as they’re received. This approach often provides a very good experience, but it does require being connected to the internet for the duration of the install. Because a connection isn’t always available, the installer also supports a /layout flag, which downloads all of the bits proactively to enable subsequent offline installation. For more details on using this option, please see “How to install Visual Studio Update 2 Offline”, as referenced in the Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 KB.

In tracking the release feedback, we’ve also observed a set of users requesting an ISO image as an alternative way to download the update. The primary reasons we’ve seen for such requests are familiarity both with the format and with various download management tools. While our download telemetry shows a higher historical success rate for downloads occurring via the Visual Studio installer versus single, large ISO files, we recognize that the convenience of the ISO format may better meet some customers’ overall deployment needs. We are therefore happy to announce that we have built an ISO image for Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 and made it available for download!

We also plan to ship ISO images for the RTM version of future Visual Studio updates, in addition to the existing distribution mechanism we already provide. We hope you will enjoy this additional option for downloading Visual Studio Updates.



Eric Knox – Development Manager, Visual Studio

Short Bio: Eric has been at Microsoft for 19 years, working on various parts of Visual Studio for the last 15 years. His current role is the development manager in charge of performance, reliability and acquisition of Visual Studio.

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  • Thanks so much for listening on this. Can you please talk with the Windows Phone division and help them to start using their uservoice site (or perhaps shut it down if they don't care about it).

  • been looking for this as i have a number of pcs with shared limited connectivity

    thank you

  • Will the ISO downloads be added to this site?

    I like the fact that this site is a central location for all of the different component downloads and updates. However, what's missing are the ASP.NET and Web Tool updates. Can those be added?


  • @Eric Knox

    Thanks for the file hashes.

    Oh, one more thing. I notice that /layout doesn't seem to support resumable (and thus suspendable). Thus, downloading 1.8 GB of files over a not-so-fast-and-not-so-reliable internet connection would be cumbersome. I once had to start over and over again. I hope it could support resumable feature like in any download managers in these days.

  • Any chance of providing the Visual Studio downloads at MSDN already with the Update 2/Latest updates?

  • @small_mountain_0705

    Thanks for your feedback. This issue will be fixed in a forthcoming update.  The Visual C++ team would like to hear more feedback, are you interested in chatting? Ping me (I am a community PM on the team).

  • very nice

  • Thank you tune your cooperation with us

  • Thank you tune your cooperation with us

  • I have to questions, regarding to Visual Studio 2012 update process.

    1. Is this VS2012.2.iso is actual ISO of Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate RTM with already integrated Update 2? So can I replace my original V2012 Ultimate RTM ISO with this one?

    2. One of the part of VS2012 is built-in shrinked version of SQL Server 2012, as I already paid attention neither Microsoft Update, nor Visual Studio Updater don't deal with update of built-in SQL Server 2012 version, I mean, I didn't see any notification about SQL Server 2012's Service Pack, Cumulative Update etc. The version of built-in SQL Server is seriously outdated.

    In order to update it I have to manually go to Microsoft Update website and check for updates. Is there any way to automate the process and make it much more easy, e.g. check, offer to download & install SQL Servers updates during the routine VS Update check.


  • Offline Setup is the best installer type :)

  • Offline Setup is the best installer type :)

  • @Maximilian Haru Raditya

    Resumable downloading would be a great feature. I too had to re-download due to a connection issue.

  • @Zahir, We did not make a fix to the Visual C++ Redistributable components in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2. The “Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 Update 1” download page ( was updated with the following text to indicate that the redistributable components were not updated: “Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 is compatible with Visual Studio 2012 Update 2.”

    Shaun Miller

    Principal Test Lead


    Visual C++

  • Great little addition to the ecosystem.

    @Common Sense there's a great start menu, just put your mouse/finger in the corner of your screen or hit the start button on your keyboard.

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