vswhere is now installed with Visual Studio 2017

Starting in the latest preview release of Visual Studio version 15.2 (26418.1-Preview), you can now find vswhere installed in “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Visual Studio\Installer” (on 32-bit operating systems before Windows 10, you should use “%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Visual Studio\Installer”). While I initially made vswhere.exe available via NuGet and Chocolatey for easy acquisition, some projects do not use package managers… Read more

Cleaning up the Visual Studio 2017 package cache

With the ability to disable or move the package cache for Visual Studio 2017 and other products installed with the new installer, packages are removed for whatever instance(s) you are installing, modifying, or repairing. If you have a lot of instances and want to clean all of them up easily from the command line –… Read more

Moving or disabling the package cache for Visual Studio 2017

In the latest preview release of Visual Studio we are introducing the ability to disable (or re-enable) the package cache, or move it to another drive. This can be done using the command line or the registry, which can be deployed on a domain using group policy. This will be generally available in Visual Studio… Read more

Documentation available for the Setup Configuration API

Visual Studio 2017 has brought big changes to extensibility that allow developers to install extensions to different instances and install dependencies. In support of multiple instances, a fast API was required that tools can use to find and launch VS and related tools, or to install extensions. I previously published some samples, and now documentation… Read more

Changes to Visual Studio “15” Setup

We’ve listened to feedback over the years, and while each new release brought changes to the setup experience of Visual Studio and related products, none have been more significant than what we’re doing for Visual Studio “15”. New setup engine With Visual Studio supporting so many platforms and toolkits, one of the goals for Visual… Read more

Get the Windows Installer PowerShell Module easier with WMF 5.0

Many years ago when PowerShell was first in beta, I saw an opportunity to write cmdlets that I could string together in different ways rather than writing and maintaining a bunch of one-off Windows scripts for various day-to-day tasks and customer diagnostics. I created the Windows Installer PowerShell Module to fill that role. These cmdlets… Read more

Failure when upgrading from VS2015 RTM to VS2015 with Update 1

If you have Visual Studio 2015 RTM installed and attempt to install Visual Studio 2015 with Update 1, you may see a failure like the screenshot that reads, KB3022398 This action is only valid for products that are currently installed. This is a fatal error that occurs when upgrading from VS 2015 RTM to the… Read more

Removing Visual Studio components left behind after an uninstall

When you install Visual Studio and related content like Windows Kits or some add-ons, most packages that comprise those bundles are reference counted to make sure they are not removed prematurely. Uninstalling Visual Studio and related content should eventually remove those packages (i.e. last one out the door turns off the light). Contrast with older… Read more

How to install Visual Studio to another directory when a pre-release is installed

If you’ve installed pre-release versions of Visual Studio – or even another edition of the same release – you may find you can’t change the installation target directory. This is because once a set of shared components is installed, we install all the other components to the same directory structure. When you have multiple editions… Read more

Redirect the Package Cache using registry-based policy

Visual Studio can require a lot of space on the system drive, and previous methods of redirecting the Package Cache can be tricky for some people to set up or even maintain as junctions across volumes may be removed on boot. The cache is there for good reasons and has significantly reduced the failure rate,… Read more