Using a download manager to quickly download Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2

10/21 Update: These instructions now include public links to the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 ISO’s.

The instructions in this blog post are meant to accompany 10-4 Episode 33: Downloading and Installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2. Please view that video for additional context, including a step-by-step walkthrough for installing Visual Studio 2010 beta 2.

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.

Note that the ISO’s for Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Ultimate are are multi-part RAR files. After you download these files run the first file in each set (the EXE) and it will extract the ISO file for you.

  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 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 33: Downloading and Installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 for additional instructions on how to install these files.

Download links for other Visual Studio 2010 SKU’s (e.g. Express, Agents, etc.) can be found here.

Comments (14)
  1. Yvangelist says:

    Best time ever installing these bit!

    Thumbs up!

    If it goes that well in Beta 2, I can’t wait to the RTM…

  2. Florian says:

    I’m trying to download but the server don’t respond for the request to part3 and part4 🙁

  3. Brian Keller says:


    I just tested all of the links and they work fine.

  4. NetMage says:

    You seem to have a lot more than 4 files, without a clear description of the different items?

  5. Hi Brian,

    Do you have any idea for having a VPC image with the whole TFS environment (data tier, app tier, build service and VS2010 client) as it was with the previous Beta? If it is, any possible date?



  6. Brian Keller says:


    Good feedback, I’ll update the description. It’s a multi-part RAR download. Run the first file in each set (the EXE) and it will extract and give you the full ISO.


    This is something we’re working on in conjunction with sample data and labs. I don’t have a firm ETA yet but shooting for December. We have a lot of work to do in order to enable this. This week was focused on getting the product out the door. 🙂


  7. Jalil says:

    i m very much excited to installl and to use visual 2010 with framework 4

  8. jojo says:

    haven’t tried visual studio 8 but want VS 10

  9. Sumith Damodaran says:

    You did a good job of putting everything in one place and the video was very help ful too. thanks

  10. Daniel Azevedo Marques says:

    Hi, thanks for the instructions, they are very precise. But I’m having trouble with de Win2008 password. Can you help me?

  11. Brian Keller says:

    @Daniel, this is all covered in the video that is referenced in my blog post.

  12. Daniel Azevedo Marques says:


     Thanks for the help. I forgot that, my notebook keyboard is in es-ES but the virtual machine isn´t. The problem was just my stupidity.

     Now it works.



  13. Saad Ahmed Sharif says:

    I wanna know, Can I install visual Studio 2010 ultimate beta 2 x86 on windows vista home basic x32???

  14. Brian Keller says:

    @Saad, yes all editions except for Starter Edition will work.

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