Create an offline installer for Visual Studio 2017

Ok so now that we have Visual Studio 2017 on the way, we all went in and downloaded the install.

The first problem I noticed is that I didn’t find any way to download the ISO or off-line installer.

There is however a way to make create a Off-Line installer folder.

To do so follow these steps:

  • First download the web setup file. Don’t run it, just save it to your downloads folder
  • Create a folder somewhere on your drive. Example: c:\Software\VS2017 and also c:\Software\VS2017\Offline

  • Copy the Web Installer EXE you downloaded and copy it to c:\software\VS2017
  • Open an Command Prompt and change the current folder to the ne where you placed the EXE file n the previous step (i.e. c:\software\VS2017)
  • Run on the command Line (replace NameOfExeFile.EXE with the name of the EXE file you download on first step):
    • NameOfExeFile.EXE --layout c:\software\vs2017\offline
  • Be ready to wait for all files to download


Thats it. Hope this helps


Microsoft releases Windows Developer Virtual machines

Microsoft has just released a set of Virtual machines, for Parallels, Hyper-V, VMWare and VirtualBox that are configured with all the tools to start developing, that has no expiration date!

The only thing you need is to input your Windows 10 Pro license and you are ready to go.  Get the here the developer ready non-expiring virtual machines.

You still have the option to use the free evaluation version of the VMs

The contents of the VMs:

  • Windows 10 Pro, Version 1607
  • Visual Studio 2015 Community Update 3 (Build 14.0.25425.01)
  • Windows developer SDK and tools (Build 14393)
  • Microsoft Azure SDK for .NET (Build 2.9.5)
  • Windows Bridge for iOS (Build 0.2.160914)
  • Windows UWP samples (September 2016)
  • Windows Bridge for iOS samples
  • Bash for Windows
  • Read more at the official announcement