Modify Visual Studio by adding or removing workloads and components

It's easy to modify Visual Studio so that it includes only what you want, when you want it. To do so, open the Visual Studio Installer to add or remove workloads and components.

Not only have we made it easier for you to personalize Visual Studio to match the tasks you want to accomplish, we've also made it easier to customize Visual Studio, too. To do so, open the new Visual Studio Installer and make the changes you want.

Here's how.

Important

To install, update, or modify Visual Studio, you must log on with an account that has administrative permissions. For more information, see User permissions and Visual Studio.

Note

The following procedures assume that you have an internet connection.

For more information about how to modify a previously created offline installation of Visual Studio, see both the Update a network-based installation of Visual Studio page and the Control updates to network-based Visual Studio deployments page.

Open the Visual Studio Installer

  1. Find the Visual Studio Installer on your computer.

    For example, on a computer running Windows 10, select Start, and then scroll to the letter V, where it's listed as Visual Studio Installer.

    Visual Studio Installer

    Tip

    On some computers, the Visual Studio Installer might be listed under the letter "M" as the Microsoft Visual Studio Installer.

    Alternatively, you can find the Visual Studio Installer in the following location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Installer\vs_installer.exe

  2. Open the installer, and then choose Modify.

    Launch or modify Visual Studio

    Important

    If you have an update pending, the Modify button is in a different place. This way, you can modify Visual Studio without updating it, should you choose to do so. Click More, and then choose Modify.

    Update or modify Visual Studio

  1. Find the Visual Studio Installer on your computer.

    For example, on a computer running Windows 10, select Start, and then scroll to the letter V, where it's listed as Visual Studio Installer.

    Open the Visual Studio Installer from Windows

    Note

    You can also find the Visual Studio Installer in the following location:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Installer\vs_installer.exe

    You might have to update the installer before continuing. If so, follow the prompts.

  2. In the installer, look for the edition of Visual Studio that you installed, and then choose Modify.

    Update or modify Visual Studio

    Important

    If you have an update pending, the Modify button is in a different place. This way, you can modify Visual Studio without updating it, should you want to. Choose More, and then choose Modify.

    Update or modify Visual Studio

Modify workloads

Workloads contain the features you need for the programming language or platform that you're using. Use workloads to modify Visual Studio so that it supports the work you want to do, when you want to do it.

  1. In the Visual Studio Installer, choose the Workloads tab, and then select or deselect the workloads that you want.

    Visual Studio 2017 setup dialog

  2. Choose whether you want to accept the default Install while downloading option or the Download all, then install option.

    Visual Studio 2017 setup options

    The "Download all, then install" option is handy if you want to download first and then install later.

  3. Choose Modify.

  4. After the new workloads are installed, choose Launch from the Visual Studio Installer to open Visual Studio.

Workloads contain the features you need for the programming language or platform that you're using. Use workloads to modify Visual Studio so that it supports the work you want to do, when you want to do it.

  1. In in the Visual Studio Installer, choose the Workloads tab, and then select or deselect the workloads that you want.

    Visual Studio 2019 setup dialog

  2. Choose whether you want to accept the default Install while downloading option or the Download all, then install option.

    Visual Studio 2019 setup options

    The "Download all, then install" option is handy if you want to download first and then install later.

  3. Choose Modify.

  4. After the new workloads are installed, choose Launch from the Visual Studio Installer to open Visual Studio.

Modify individual components

If you don't want to use workloads to customize your Visual Studio installation, choose the Individual Components tab in the Visual Studio Installer, select the components you want, and then follow the prompts.

Modify language packs

By default, the installer matches the language of the operating system when it runs for the first time. However, you can change the language whenever you want. To do so, choose the Language packs tab in the Visual Studio Installer, select the language you prefer, and then follow the prompts.

Get support

Sometimes, things can go wrong. If your Visual Studio installation fails, see Troubleshoot Visual Studio installation and upgrade issues for step-by-step guidance.

We also offer a live chat (English only) support option for installation-related issues.

Here are a few more support options:

See also