Update Visual Studio to the most recent release

We encourage you to update to the most recent release of Visual Studio 2017 so that you always get the latest features, fixes, and improvements.

And if you'd like to try out our newest version, consider downloading and installing Visual Studio 2019 instead.

Important

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

Note

This topic applies to Visual Studio on Windows. For Visual Studio for Mac, see Update Visual Studio for Mac.

Update Visual Studio 2017 version 15.6 or later

We've streamlined the installation and update experience to make it easier to use directly from within the IDE. Here's how to update from version 15.6 and later to newer versions of Visual Studio.

Using the Notifications hub

When there's an update, there's a corresponding notification flag in Visual Studio.

  1. Save your work.

  2. Choose the notification flag to open the Notifications hub, and then choose the update that you want to install.

    Screenshot showing an update in the the Notification hub of the Visual Studio IDE.

    Tip

    An update for an edition of Visual Studio 2017 is cumulative, so always choose to install the one with the most recent version number.

  3. When the Update dialog box opens, choose Update Now.

    Screenshot showing the Update Now button in the Update dialog box launched from the Notifications hub of Visual Studio 2017.

    If a User Access Control dialog box opens, choose Yes. Next, a "Please wait" dialog might open for a moment, and then the Visual Studio Installer opens to start the update.

    Screenshot showing the new Visual Studio Installer experience in version 15.6.

    Your update continues. Then, when it's complete, Visual Studio restarts.

    Note

    When you run Visual Studio in administrator mode, you must manually restart Visual Studio after the update.

Using the IDE

You can check for an update and then install the update from the menu bar in Visual Studio.

  1. Save your work.

  2. Choose Help > Check for Updates.

    Screenshot showing the new Help menu in Visual Studio version 15.6.

  3. When the Update dialog box opens, choose Update Now.

    The update proceeds as described in the previous section, and then Visual Studio restarts after the update completes successfully.

    Note

    When you run Visual Studio in administrator mode, you must manually restart Visual Studio after the update.

Using the Visual Studio Installer

As in earlier versions of Visual Studio, you can use the Visual Studio Installer to install an update.

  1. Save your work.

  2. Open the installer. The Visual Studio Installer might require updating before you continue.

    Note

    On a computer running Windows 10, you can find the installer under the letter V as the Visual Studio Installer, or under the letter M as the Microsoft Visual Studio Installer.

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

  4. If an update is available, you 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.

    Screenshot showing the Update button in the Visual Studio Installer that can be used to update Visual Studio 2017.

Update Visual Studio 2017 version 15.5 or earlier

If you're using an earlier version, here's how to apply an update from Visual Studio 2017 version 15.0 through version 15.5.

Update by using the Notifications hub

  1. When there are updates, there's a corresponding notification flag in Visual Studio.

    Screenshot showing a Notification flag in Visual Studio 2017 that indicates an update is available.

    Choose the notification flag to open the Notifications hub.

    Screenshot showing the Visual Studio 2017 Notification hub with one notification.

    Tip

    An update for an edition of Visual Studio 2017 is cumulative, so always choose to install the one with the most recent version number.

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

    Screenshot showing a Visual Studio 2017 update notification in the Notification hub.

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

    Screenshot showing an update in the Extensions and Updates dialog window.

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's a Visual Studio product update available for you to install.
  • When the notification flag is red, there's 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.

Screenshot showing an optional or informational message in the Notification hub.

If you choose to ignore a notification, Visual Studio stops showing it. If you want to reset the list of ignored notifications, choose the Settings button in the Notifications hub.

Screenshot showing 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're prompted to do so.

    Note

    On a computer running Windows 10, you can 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 installed previously.

  3. If an update is available, you 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.

    Screenshot showing the Update button in the Visual Studio Installer for a Visual Studio 2017 update.

We encourage you to update to the most recent release of Visual Studio so that you always get the latest features, fixes, and improvements.

If you haven't already installed Visual Studio, go to the Visual Studio downloads page to install it for free. If you are currently using a different version of Visual Studio, you can either install Visual Studio versions side-by-side, or uninstall previous versions of Visual Studio.

Important

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

Note

This topic applies to Visual Studio on Windows. For Visual Studio for Mac, see Update Visual Studio for Mac.

Here's how to update Visual Studio 2019.

Use the Visual Studio Installer

  1. Find the Visual Studio Installer on your computer.

    In the Windows Start menu, you can search for "installer".

    Screenshot showing the result of a Start menu search for the Visual Studio Installer.

    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.

    For example, if you previously installed Visual Studio Community 2019 and there's an update for it, then an Update available message appears in the installer.

    Screenshot showing a Visual Studio 2019 installation with an available update.

  3. Choose Update to install the updates.

    Screenshot showing the Update button in the Visual Studio installer that can be used to update to a Visual Studio 2019 installation.

  4. After the update is complete, you might be asked to restart your computer. If so, do so, and then start Visual Studio as you typically would.

    If you aren't asked to restart your computer, choose Launch to start Visual Studio from the installer.

    Screenshot showing the Launch button in the Visual Studio installer that can be used to start Visual Studio 2019.

Use the IDE

You can check for an update and then install it by using the menu bar or the search box in Visual Studio 2019.

Open Visual Studio

  1. From the Windows Start menu, choose Visual Studio 2019.

    Screenshot showing the results of a Visual Studio IDE start window search for Visual Studio 2019.

  2. Under Get started, choose any option to open the IDE.

    Screenshot showing the Visual Studio Installer.

    Visual Studio opens. In the IDE, a Visual Studio 2019 update message appears briefly.

    Screenshot showing the 'Visual Studio 2019 update' message in the IDE.

  3. In the Visual Studio 2019 update message, choose View details.

    Screenshot showing the View Details button in the Visual Studio 2019 IDE update message.

  4. In the Update downloaded and ready to install dialog box, choose Update.

    Screenshot showing the Update button in the 'Update downloaded and ready to install' dialog box.

    Visual Studio updates, closes, and then reopens.

In Visual Studio

  1. From the menu bar, choose Help, and then choose Check for Updates.

    Screenshot showing the 'Check for Updates' from the Help menu.

    Note

    You can also use the search box in the IDE to check for updates. Press Ctrl+Q, type "check for updates", and then choose the search result that matches.

  2. In the Update available dialog box, choose Update.

    Screenshot showing the Update button in the 'Update available' dialog box.

    Visual Studio updates, closes, and then reopens.

Use the Notifications hub

  1. In Visual Studio, save your work.

  2. Choose the notification icon from the lower-right corner of the Visual Studio IDE to open the Notifications hub.

    Screenshot showing the notification icon in the Visual Studio IDE.

  3. In the Notifications hub, choose the update that you want to install, and then choose View details.

    Screenshot showing the Notification hub in Visual Studio 2019.

    Tip

    An update for an edition of Visual Studio 2019 is cumulative, so always choose to install the one with the most recent version number.

  4. In the Update available dialog box, choose Update.

    Visual Studio updates, closes, and then reopens.

Customize update settings

You can customize the update settings in Visual Studio in several different ways, such as by changing the installation mode and by selecting automatic downloads.

There are two installation modes to choose from:

  • Install while downloading
  • Download all, then install

You can also choose the Automatically download updates setting, which allows updates to download while your machine is idle.

Here's how:

  1. On the menu bar, choose Tools > Options.

  2. Expand Environment, and then choose Product Updates.

    Screenshot showing the updates settings in Visual Studio.

  3. Choose the installation mode and the automatic download options you want for your Visual Studio updates.

We encourage you to update to the most recent release of Visual Studio so that you always get the latest features, fixes, and improvements.

If you haven't already installed Visual Studio, go to the Visual Studio downloads page to install it for free. If you're currently using a different version of Visual Studio, you can either install Visual Studio versions side-by-side, or uninstall previous versions of Visual Studio.

Important

To install, modify, or update Visual Studio, you must run the Visual Studio Installer as an administrator. If you try to modify Visual Studio as a typical user, you'll get a User Account Control notice prompting you for admin credentials. For more information, see User Permissions and Visual Studio.

Note

This topic applies to Visual Studio on Windows. For Visual Studio for Mac, see Update Visual Studio for Mac.

Here's how to update Visual Studio 2022.

Use the Visual Studio Installer

  1. Find the Visual Studio Installer on your computer.

    In the Windows Start menu, search for "installer", and then select Visual Studio Installer from the results.

    Screenshot showing the result of a Start menu search for the Visual Studio Installer.

    Note

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

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

    If you're prompted to update the Visual Studio Installer before continuing, do so by following the prompts.

  2. In the Visual Studio Installer, look for the installation of Visual Studio that you want to update.

    For example, if you previously installed Visual Studio Community 2022 Preview and there's an update for it, then an Update available message appears in the Visual Studio Installer.

    Screenshot showing the Update button and message in the Visual Studio Installer when a new update is available.

  3. Choose Update to install the update.

    Screenshot showing the Update button that you can select to install the new update.

  4. After the update is complete, the Visual Studio Installer might prompt you to restart your computer. If so, do so, and then start Visual Studio as you typically would.

    If you aren't asked to restart your computer, choose Launch to start Visual Studio from the Visual Studio Installer.

    Screenshot showing the Launch button that you can select to start Visual Studio.

Use the Visual Studio IDE

You can check for an update and then install it by using the menu bar or the search box in Visual Studio 2022.

Open Visual Studio

  1. From the Windows Start menu, choose Visual Studio 2022 Preview.

    Screenshot showing the Visual Studio 2022 Preview entry in the Windows 10 Start menu.

  2. Under Get started in the start window, choose any option to open the Visual Studio IDE.

    Screenshot showing the start window in the Visual Studio IDE.

    Visual Studio opens. In the Visual Studio IDE, a Visual Studio 2022 update message appears briefly.

    Screenshot showing an update message for Visual Studio 2022 in the lower-right corner of the Visual Studio IDE.

  3. In the Visual Studio 2022 update message, choose View details.

    Screenshot showing the View details button for the Visual Studio 2022 update notification in the Visual Studio IDE.

  4. In the Update available dialog box, choose Update.

    Screenshot showing the Update button in the 'Update available' dialog box in Visual Studio 2022.

    Visual Studio updates, closes, and then reopens.

In Visual Studio

  1. From the menu bar, choose Help, and then choose Check for Updates.

    Screenshot showing the 'Check for Updates' option in the Help menu.

    Note

    You can also use the search box in the Visual Studio IDE to check for updates. Press Ctrl+Q, type "check for updates", and then choose the search result that matches.

  2. In the Update available dialog box, choose Update.

    Screenshot showing the Update button in the 'Update available' dialog box.

    Visual Studio updates, closes, and then reopens.

Use the Notifications hub

  1. In Visual Studio, save your work.

  2. Choose the notification icon from the lower-right corner of the Visual Studio IDE to open the Notifications hub.

    Screenshot showing the notification icon in the Visual Studio IDE.

  3. In the Notifications hub, choose the update that you want to install, and then choose View details.

    Screenshot showing the Notifications hub in the Visual Studio IDE.

    Tip

    Updates for each edition of Visual Studio 2022 are cumulative, so always choose to install the update with the most recent version number.

  4. In the Update available dialog box, choose Update.

    Visual Studio updates, closes, and then reopens.

Customize update settings

You can customize the update settings in Visual Studio in several different ways, such as by changing the installation mode or selecting automatic downloads.

There are two installation modes to choose from:

  • Install while downloading
  • Download all, then install

You can also select the Automatically download updates option, which lets Visual Studio download updates while your machine is idle.

Here's how:

  1. On the menu bar, choose Tools > Options.

  2. Expand Environment, and then choose Product Updates.

    Screenshot showing the Updates settings in the Options window of the Visual Studio IDE.

  3. Choose the installation mode and automatic download option you want for your Visual Studio updates.

Administrator updates

If you are part of an organization that centralizes management of software installations, then your enterprise administrator might control how Visual Studio updates your machine. For more about how to control or configure the types of updates your machine can accept, see Using Configuration Manager to deploy Visual Studio updates.

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 an installation chat (English only) support option for installation-related issues.

Here are a few more support options:

See also