Installing Visual Studio: A Step-by-Step Guide for Advantage CSP Developers

Step 1 - Make sure your computer is ready for Visual Studio

Before you begin installing Visual Studio:

  1. Check the system requirements. These requirements help you know whether your computer supports Visual Studio.
  2. Apply the latest Windows updates. These updates ensure that your computer has both the latest security updates and the required system components for Visual Studio.
  3. Reboot. The reboot ensures that any pending installs or updates don't hinder the Visual Studio install.
  4. Free up space. Remove unneeded files and applications from your %SystemDrive% by, for example, running the Disk Cleanup app.

For questions about running Visual Studio, Visual Studio compatibility details.

Step 2 - Download Visual Studio

Next, download the Visual Studio bootstrapper file. To do so, click the following button, select the edition of Visual Studio 2017 that you want, click Save, and then click Open folder.

Download Visual Studio

Step 3 - Install the Visual Studio installer

Then, run the bootstrapper file to install the Visual Studio Installer. This new lightweight installer includes everything you need to both install and customize Visual Studio 2017.

From your Downloads folder, double-click the bootstrapper that matches or is similar to one of the following files:

  • vs_enterprise.exe for Visual Studio Enterprise
  • vs_professional.exe for Visual Studio Professional
  • vs_community.exe for Visual Studio Community

If you receive a User Account Control notice, click Yes.

We'll ask you to acknowledge the Microsoft License Terms and the Microsoft Privacy Statement. Click Continue.

Step 4 - Select workloads

After the installer is installed, you can use it to customize your installation by selecting the feature sets—or workloads—that you want. Here's how.

  1. Find the workload you want in the Installing Visual Studio screen.

    Select a workload from the Visual Studio 2017 setup dialog

    For example, choose the ".NET desktop development" workload. It comes with the default core editor, which includes basic code editing support for over 20 languages, the ability to open and edit code from any folder without requiring a project, and integrated source code control.

  2. After you select the workload(s) you want, click Install.

    Next, status screens appear that show the progress of your Visual Studio installation.

After the new workloads and components are installed, click Launch.


At any time after installation, you can install workloads or components that you didn't install initially. If you have Visual Studio open, go to Tools > Get Tools and Features... which opens the Visual Studio Installer. Or, open Visual Studio Installer from the Start menu. From there, you can select the workloads or components that you wish to install, then click Modify.

Step 5 - Select individual components (Optional)

If you don't want to use the Workloads feature to customize your Visual Studio installation, you can do so by installing individual components instead. To select individual components, click the Individual components option from the Visual Studio Installer, select what you want, and then follow the prompts.

Visual Studio 2017 - Install individual components

Step 6 - Install language packs (Optional)

By default, the installer program tries to match the language of the operating system when it runs for the first time. To install Visual Studio 2017 in a language of your choosing, click the Language packs option from the Visual Studio Installer, and follow the prompts.

Visual Studio 2017 - Install language packs

Change the installer language from the command line

Another way that you can change the default language is by running the installer from the command line. For example, you can force the installer to run in English by using the following command: vs_installer.exe --locale en-US. The installer will remember this setting when it is run the next time. The installer supports the following language tokens: zh-cn, zh-tw, cs-cz, en-us, es-es, fr-fr, de-de, it-it, ja-jp, ko-kr, pl-pl, pt-br, ru-ru, and tr-tr.

Step 7 - Change the installation location (Optional)

New in 15.7: You can now reduce the installation footprint of Visual Studio on your system drive. You can choose to move the download cache, shared components, SDKs, and tools to different drives, and keep Visual Studio on the drive that runs it the fastest.

Visual Studio 2017 - Change the installation location

Step 8 - Start Developing

  1. After Visual Studio installation is complete, click the Launch button to get started developing with Visual Studio.

  2. Click File, and then click New Project.

  3. Select a project type.

    For example, to build a C++ app, click Installed, expand Visual C++, and then select the C++ project type that you want to build.

    To build a C# app, click Installed, expand Visual C#, and then select the C# project type that you want to build.
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