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Visual Studio 2012 and Windows on DreamSpark

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Due to the number of comments I have had on this post, I just wanted to confirm what products will be available under DreamSpark for students.

MSDN Subscriber Downloads: August 15th, 2012

Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8 are available as of, August 15th, on MSDN Subscriber Downloads to DreamSpark Subscribers.

To confirm DreamSpark Premium Subscription Program Administrators may follow these steps to get immediate access to the software:

1) Visit

2) Sign in with the Windows Live ID associated with their DreamSpark Subscription

3) Search for the product of choice and click on “Download”

4) To acquire product keys the administrator may click on “Product Keys” and “Get Key” for applicable SKUs.

a. Note: Not all Visual Studio 2012 SKUs require a product key.

5) The file will be downloaded in .iso format.

a. Click here for instructions on how to use .iso files. and ELMS WebStore: August 25th, 2012 for student downloads

Please see the SKU Availability Matrix below for specifics on which products will be available on, and through DreamSprk Premium ELMS Institutional WebStores.  The SKUs highlighted in red will be available starting August 25th, with the remaining releasing in a week thereafter, To confirm, Windows desktop operating systems are only available to students at education institutions which have purchased a DreamSpark premium subscription for STEM based disciplines .

Note: these SKUs will be available in the following languages on the 25th, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese-Brazil, Russian, Chinese Simplified, and Chinese Traditional, with rolling releases of additional languages following on a week after:  

For Visual Studio SKUs a separate Portuguese-Brazil language pack will be required, and will also be available on the 25th.

Product SKU Availability Matrix

Subscription Level

Product SKU


DreamSpark Premium

Visual Studio Professional 2012



Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web



Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows



Visual Studio Premium 2012


Visual Studio Ultimate 2012


Visual Studio TFS Express 2012



Visual Studio TFS Server 2012



Team Explorer for Visual Studio 2012



Team Explorer Everywhere for TFS




Windows 8


Windows 8 Debug/Checked Build


Windows 8 Enterprise


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  • This seems to be a lot promising for beginners to learn on windows 8 and Visual studio 2012, will both have same set of features, i am asking in terms of functionality for building applications

  • Hi Kishhr

    If your asking which products do you need to build windows 8 Windows Store, Metro Style Apps then you should be using either

    Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows


    Visual Studio Professional 2012

    You will also need Windows 8 installed. So at this time the RTM version of Windows 8. If your institution doesn't have a DreamSpark premium account you can download a 90 day evaluation version for FREE of Windows 8 from

  • Will it be possible to install the Visual Studio Professional 2012 and 'upgrade' it with a Visual Studio Ultimate 2012 key afterwards?

  • Hi Mark

    You can simply upgrade professional to Ultimate via a install of the Ultimate .ISO. The Ultimate SKU contains a lot more feature so requires to be installed, this can be simply installed to replace VS2012 professional.

  • Is Windows 8 (red color) prof or other version?

  • Hi Zeg

    Yes this is the Pro version if you click on Product Keys for the one listed as just Windows 8 you will see an option for the Pro version key.  

  • There is a glitch in the matrix.  Windows Server 2012 has been left out.  When is it available from the many different sources mentioned?

  • @Lee Stott Can we install msdn version and then enter key when windows 8 be available on dreamspark premium? Is it same SHA?

  • KR

    Windows Server will be available around from Sept 4th 2012, the ISO will need to be repackaged for DreamSpark so it should be available around the 15th Sept as a estimation at this point.  See for further details of the Windows Server 2012 launch

  • Milo

    If your referring to the MSDN evaluation version which is a 90 day version See the answer is NO.

    Things to Know Before You Start using the 90 day evaluation version.

    The evaluation edition will expire and cannot be upgraded.

    To upgrade, the evaluation must be uninstalled and a non-evaluation version of Windows must be re-installed from your original installation media.

    Consider running the evaluation edition in a virtual environment or installing on a separate hard drive or partition. The will allow you to upgrade your original Windows installation to Windows 8.

    During registration (required) you must login with a Microsoft account and provide your name, e-mail address and country.

    You are required to activate the product online within 10 days after installing.

    Once the evaluation is installed, you cannot upgrade. To revert to a previous version of Windows, you must do a clean install from your original installation media.

  • @Lee Stott no i'm not referring about evalution copy i'm referring about retail copy because i have friend that have MSDN subscription i would take his retail dvd with SHA1: 1CE53AD5F60419CF04A715CF3233F247E48BEEC4, i would install it without key and then later on enter a key, is that possible?

  • Hi Lee, great news! Looking forward to digging around VS2012 to see what it has to offer our students above VS2010.

    One question - Windows  Phone dev is a big part of our teaching, any ETA on when the new SDK will be available for VS2012? Teaching starts next month so not much time to amend our current WP content for use with VS2012.....

  • Derek

    At this point I would suggest using VS 2010 Express for Phone 7.5 'Simply as its a smaller installation than VS2010' for continuing to teach Windows Phone if your Installing VS2012 or using Windows 8.

    Unfortunately I don't have any news on the availability of the SDK for Windows Phone 8 for Visual Studio 2012.

  • According to this

    Windows 8 (x86) - DVD (English)

    ISO|English|Release Date: 15/8/2012|Details

    Product Keys


    2511 MB

    This file contains multiple products. Please refer to your product keys to determine which products are included with your subscription.

    For more information, please visit the Windows Dev Center.

    File Name: en_windows_8_x86_dvd_915417.iso

    Languages: English

    SHA1: 22D680EC53336BEE8A5B276A972CEBA104787F62

    Permalinks: File Download

    Available to these Subscription Levels:

    VS Premium with MSDN (Retail)

    VS Premium with MSDN (VL)

    VS Pro with MSDN (Retail)

    VS Pro with MSDN (VL)

    VS Test Pro with MSDN (Retail)

    VS Test Pro with MSDN (VL)

    VS Ultimate with MSDN (MPN)

    VS Ultimate with MSDN (NFR FTE)

    VS Ultimate with MSDN (Retail)

    VS Ultimate with MSDN (VL)


    BizSpark Admin

    Designer AA

    DreamSpark Premium

    Expression Professional (Retail)

    Expression Professional (VL)

    MSDN Essentials

    MSDN for Action Pack

    MSDN OS (Retail)

    MSDN OS (VL)

    VS Premium with MSDN (MPN)

    So this SKU of Windows 8 is also available on Dreamspark Premium, Why I don't see it in your post ?

  • So, which edition of Windows 8 - Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro will be available through ELMS WebStore?

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