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.

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.

Update by using the Notifications hub

  1. When there are updates, you will see a notification flag in Visual Studio.

    Update Visual Studio 2017 by using the Notification hub

    Choose the notification flag to open the Notifications hub.

    Update Visual Studio 2017 by using the Notification hub

  2. Choose "Visual Studio Update" is available, which opens the Extensions and Updates dialog box.

    Update Visual Studio 2017 by using the Notifications hub

  3. In the Extensions and Updates dialog box, choose the Update button.

    Update Visual Studio 2017 by using the Notifications hub

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.

View an optional or informational message in the Notification hub

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.

Choose the Settings button in the Notifications hub to view Notification options

Update by using the Visual Studio Installer

  1. Open the installer. You might need to update the installer before continuing. If this is the case, you'll be prompted to do so.

    Note

    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.

  2. On the Product page in the installer, look for the edition of Visual Studio that you have installed.

  3. 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.

    Update Visual Studio 2017 by using the Visual Studio Installer

Get support

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:

See also