Using a download manager to quickly download Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1

10/19/09 Update: Beta 2 is now available! Check out my new post on Downloading and Installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2.  

The instructions in this blog post are meant to accompany 10-4 Episode 20: Downloading and Installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1. Please view that video for additional context, including a step-by-step walkthrough for installing Visual Studio 2010 beta 1.

I suggest using a download manager for these files since they are very large. My download manager of choice is Free Download Manager. You can use your own favorite download manager, but you may need to adapt the instructions below as appropriate.

10/14/09 Update: The SQL 2008 Trial is now downloadable via Free Download Manager as well. I have updated step 2 to reflect that, and removed step 7.

  1. Download and install Free Download Manager. This utility provides:
    • Auto-resume support for interrupted downloads.
    • Multiple simultaneous download streams for (usually) a much faster download experience.
    • As the name implies, it’s completely free.
  2. Select the following list of URL’s and copy (CTRL+C) them to your clipboard. You can select all four files at the same time.
  3. Launch the user interface for Free Download Manager (either from the Start Menu or via the system tray icon if FDM is already running).
  4. Click File -> Import -> Import List of URLs from Clipboard.
  5. When prompted for a download group, accept the default (“Other”) and click OK.
  6. You are now free to minimize Free Download Manager while the files download. By default, they will be saved to c:\downloads.

Remember to watch 10-4 Episode 20: Downloading and Installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 for additional instructions on how to install these files.

Comments (9)

  1. Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is here! In this episode of 10-4, Brian Keller takes us through downloading

  2. The Visual Studio Team System 2010 Beta 1 bits have been available to MSDN subscribers since Monday.

  3. hi all for step seven you need not to depend on the default ActiveX downloader. If you are a user of DAP (Downloader Accelerator Plus), which is also available as free download you can directly download it. Just copy and paste the link for SQL Server 2008 and you will be able to start the download immediately.

  4. Jason Haley says:

    Interesting Finds: May 21, 2009

  5. First of all, see my last post Visual Studio Team System 2010 Beta 1 Download Links for all the download

  6. Brian walks you through downloading and installing Visual Studio 2010 Team Suite Beta 1 and Visual Studio

  7. Taking a break from my series on new TFS 2010 features, I thought it would be a good idea to also give