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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  • thank you so much you save my internet traffic and i don't need to wast my traffic for fail online installer that is the bad idea to make update online installer i always fail in instal online because of my internet speed

    and  again thank you

  • i need run visual studio at windows rt

  • Thanks..i was waiting for this...Great job.

  • Thanks for Update!

  • Hi, is slipstreaming updates, especially this one, supported in VS 2012?

  • Thanks Eric.

  • Excellent!  

    It is good to see MS is finally giving us a way to choice.  In places where Internet connection is poor, it is nice to be able to download an ISO file.

  • The forums or whateverthehell thatcrap is is just stupid.  It is THE MOST stupid thing MS has ever done, even nore than Win8.  Well.

  • Eric,

    Whom should I contact regarding tutorial content given in MSDN?

    In particular, I wish to contact the author or team that created the content - "Walkthrough: Creating and Using ASP.Net Master Pages in Visual Web Developer (.Net framework 4).

    Could you please provide an email address of a contact.

  • When will the ISO for VS2012 Update 3 be available?

  • Time for a 2012.3 image? :)

  • Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 iso please...

  • Where's the Update 3 iso???


  • Let us know when u release for the Update 3

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