Welcome to a new way to install Visual Studio! In our newest version, we’ve made it easier for you to select and install just the features you need—and we’ve reduced the minimum footprint of Visual Studio so that it installs more quickly and with less system impact than ever before.
Want to know more about what else is new? See our release notes. And for more in-depth info about how we’ve redesigned the installation experience, see our blog posts, “Faster and leaner Visual Studio installer” and “Anatomy of a low-impact Visual Studio installation.”
Ready to install? We'll walk you through it, step-by-step. Let's get started.
Install the installer
When you download Visual Studio 2017, you'll get a bootstrapper file that in turn installs our new lightweight installer. This new installer includes everything you need to customize your installation.
If you have a Preview release of Visual Studio 2017 installed on your computer, you will be prompted to remove it prior to installing Visual Studio 2017.
Download Visual Studio 2017 and click Save. Then, from your Downloads folder, run the bootstrapper file that matches the edition you chose.
- 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.
You’ll see several status screens that show the progress of the installation. After the installer is finished installing, it’s time to pick the feature sets—or workloads—that you want.
Now, you can customize your installation by using workloads. Select one or more of the workloads you want; each workload contains the features you need for the programming language or platform you prefer.
Here’s how to get them.
Find the workload you want in the Installing Visual Studio screen.
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.
After you select the workload(s) you want, click Install.
Next, status screens will appear that show the progress of your Visual Studio installation.
After the new workloads and components are installed, click Launch.
Install individual components
If you don’t want to use the handy Workloads feature to customize your Visual Studio installation, click the Individual components option from the Visual Studio Installer, select what you want, and then follow the prompts.
Install language packs
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.
Change the installer language
By default, the installer program tries to match the language of the operating system when it runs for the first time. The installer remembers this setting. You can change this setting 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, fr-FR, de-DE, it-IT, ja-JP, ko-KR, pl-PL, pt-BR, ru-RU, es-ES, and tr-TR.
Sometimes, things can go wrong. If your Visual Studio installation fails, see the Troubleshooting Visual Studio 2017 installation and upgrade failures KB article for troubleshooting tips.