Update Visual Studio 2017 to the most recent release
We update Visual Studio often to extend its functionality and to fix customer-reported issues. To make sure you have the most current, optimized release of Visual Studio, you'll want to update it. Here's how.
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.
Update by using the Notifications hub
When there are updates, you will see a notification flag in Visual Studio.
Choose the notification flag to open the Notifications hub.
Choose "Visual Studio Update" is available, which opens the Extensions and Updates dialog box.
In the Extensions and Updates dialog box, choose the Update button.
More about Visual Studio notifications
Visual Studio notifies you when an update is available for Visual Studio itself or for any components, and also when certain events occur in the Visual Studio environment.
- When the notification flag is yellow, there is a Visual Studio product update available for you to install.
- When the notification flag is red, there is a problem with your license.
- When the notification flag is black, there are optional or informational messages to review.
Choose the notifications flag to open the Notifications hub and then choose the notifications that you want to act on. Or, choose to ignore or dismiss a notification.
If you choose to ignore a notification, Visual Studio will stop showing it. If you want to reset the list of ignored notifications, click the Settings button in the Notifications hub.
Update by using the Visual Studio Installer
Open the installer. You might need to update the installer before continuing. If this is the case, you'll be prompted to do so.
On a computer running Windows 10, you'll find the installer under the letter V as the Visual Studio Installer, or under the letter M as the Microsoft Visual Studio Installer.
On the Product page in the installer, look for the edition of Visual Studio that you have installed.
If an update is available, you'll see an Update button. (It might take a few seconds for the installer to determine whether an update is available.)
Choose the Update button to install the updates.
Sometimes, things can go wrong. If your Visual Studio installation fails, see the Troubleshooting Visual Studio 2017 installation and upgrade issues page. If none of the troubleshooting steps help, you can contact us by live chat for installation assistance (English only). For details, see the Visual Studio support page.
Here are a few more support options:
- You can report product issues to us via the Report a Problem tool that appears both in the Visual Studio Installer and in the Visual Studio IDE.
- You can share a product suggestion with us on UserVoice.
- You can track product issues in the Visual Studio Developer Community, and ask questions and find answers.
- You can also engage with us and other Visual Studio developers through our Visual Studio conversation in the Gitter community. (This option requires a GitHub account.)