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Visual Studio vNext – The New Installer

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31 Jul 2016CPOL2 min read
Visual Studio vNext – The New Installer

The new version of Visual Studio will come with dramatically new installer, which will allow that you install only stuff you need, without gigabytes of unnecessary never used components. Current version of Visual Studio which is Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 is coming with nearly 8GB installation file. This is too much for the installer, you need special condition when you want to download the installation file. I am doing it by night, when I am sleeping. In some condition, the installation process takes an hour to install everything you have specified.

In the next version, the installation process will be changed and if you want to see and feel how the future Visual Studio installer will look like. You can download the preview of the Visual Studio vnext code name “Visual Studio 15” at this link.

If you try to install Visual Studio 15 preview 3, it will take less than 5 minutes, with a very simple installer. In the next five pictures, the whole installation process is completed.

After you download the installer, run it and the following pictures will appear:

  1. First picture is asking to confirm the installation process:


  2. The next picture shows the progress of loading installer


  3. The next picture is the main picture which you can select what to install. The whole Visual Studio installer is divided into the development groups:
    1. Core Stuff of the Visual Studio- this component is required for all developer groups
    2. There are for now 4 installer groups: .NET, C++, Python, Game dev
    3. More will come later


  4. After you select right developer group/groups, the installation process starts by pressing Install button.


  5. After the installation process is completed, the following picture appears, which you only need to close by pressing the Close button at the right top edge of the window.


As we can see, the next version of the Visual Studio will dramatically change the installation process, offering a new simple and effective installer.

Filed under: .NET, CodeProject, Visual Studio
Tagged: .NET, CodeProject, Visual Studio, Visual Studio 15
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About the Author

Bahrudin Hrnjica
Software Developer (Senior)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bahrudin Hrnjica holds a Ph.D. degree in Technical Science/Engineering from University in Bihać.
Besides teaching at University, he is in the software industry for more than two decades, focusing on development technologies e.g. .NET, Visual Studio, Desktop/Web/Cloud solutions.

He works on the development and application of different ML algorithms. In the development of ML-oriented solutions and modeling, he has more than 10 years of experience. His field of interest is also the development of predictive models with the ML.NET and Keras, but also actively develop two ML-based .NET open source projects: GPdotNET-genetic programming tool and ANNdotNET - deep learning tool on .NET platform. He works in multidisciplinary teams with the mission of optimizing and selecting the ML algorithms to build ML models.

He is the author of several books, and many online articles, writes a blog at, regularly holds lectures at local and regional conferences, User groups and Code Camp gatherings, and is also the founder of the Bihac Developer Meetup Group. Microsoft recognizes his work and awarded him with the prestigious Microsoft MVP title for the first time in 2011, which he still holds today.

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