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Visual Studio 2012 / 2013 Update 1 2 3 4 Offline Installer


Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 was released about a week ago.  This update includes lots of fixes and some features – you can see the list here.  The only problem with the update is that Microsoft does not offer an offline installer.  If you are installing this on your own PC or for one person, you may not have a need for one.  But…  if your entire team needs to install this (or you just want to have it for later for a PC rebuild, you can download all 1.8 GB and have an offline installer for you or your team to share.  Here’s how:

  1. Get the update from Microsoft here. (updated with Update 4 link)
  2. Save the file to a folder.
  3. open the folder
  4. Pro tip – Shift + right-click the background of the folder and choose ‘Open command window here’
  5. open_command_window
  6. in the command window type VS2013.4.exe /Layout
  7. (or VS2013.1.exe /Layout or VS2013.2.exe /Layout depending on your update)
  8. command_window
  9. It will then ask you where you would like to save and extract the files.
  10. vs2012_update_2_download_location
  11. This step will take some time depending on your download speed.  This is the step that adds time to the install when you choose the web installer.
  12. downloading_extracting_update_2
  13. You will now see a folder with the update installer along with all the source files.  You can now store this safe on a network share or your hard drive and update your installation of Visual Studio without downloading 2GB of files!
  14. vs2012_extracted
  15. This should work for any version of Visual Studio going forward.

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Posted by on November 19, 2014 in C#