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Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Installation (VS2010 RC Release Candidate)


After latest version of Visual Studio 2010 download from Microsoft Downloads pages, Microsoft .NET Framework developers can install Visual Studio 2010 free Release Candidate version.
The total Visual Studio 2010 download size of VS2010 Ultimate RC edition is 2257.1 MB.
The extracted download files build the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 ISO file for VS2010 installation.

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After writing the Visual Studio 2010 iso image on a disk or mounting the .iso setup file as a new drive on your operating system, the Visual Studio 2010 installation can be easily done.

I use Gizmo for mounting ISO files. For my Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 installation, I also preferred Gizmo to mount .iso image. It is important that you should configure the vs2010 download .iso to remount image when the Windows starts up again. Because during the VS2010 installation Windows will reboot after .NET Framework 4.0 installation.

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When you place the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 setup DVD on CD drive or mount .iso image, the VS2010 Setup Wizard will display automatically the below screen where IT professionals can start VS 2010 Ultimate installation.

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When you start the installation by clicking the "Install Microsoft Visual Studio 2010" link on the above screen the installation wizard will start first by loading installation components. After loading is completed as you can see in the below screenshot, click on activated Next button for the following installation setup.

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This setup step is actually the main screen where installing and configuring of VS2010 is managed.

On the left, the required installed components and the components that are required to be installed are listed.

For example, during my installation the wizard has detected that Microsoft Application Error Reporting was already installed on my computer.

And the following components are to be installed :

VC 9.0 Runtime (x86)

VC 10.0 Runtime (x86)

Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate RC

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Then we have to accept the licence terms in order to continue Visual Studio installation. Click on Next button for the following step.

The next step in VS2010 setup wizard is where we can select VS2010 features to install as full install or custom install where you can determine the features to install in detail.

Also you can define the Visual Studio 2010 install path. According to your selections, disk space requirements will be listed on the right bottom of the screen.

As you can realize the full setup or complete installation of VS2010 requires 5.9 GB disk space on your hard drive.

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Full features select for Visual Studio 2010 installation, installs the Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate integrated environment together with modeling, development, testing, and deployment components that can simplify the entire development process and help ensure high-quality solutions. Provides tools for building solutions on Windows, the Web, Azure, the Office system, SharePoint, SQL Server, and other platforms by using Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++, or Visual F#.

Also VS2010 Full features selection includes these advanced features: Test Impact Analysis, Coded UI testing, Test Case Management, Database Development, Profiling Tools, Code Analysis Tools, IntelliTrace, Code Coverage, Modeling and Architecture Diagram Tools and Team Explorer. Also includes SQL Server Express, the Windows SDK, Sync Framework, a graphics library, and more.

It is possible to continue Visual Studio setup with custom installation option.

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Here is some information about the Visual Studio 2010 components:

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate RC
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate RC is an expansion of the Visual Studio product line to include new lifecycle tools for project managers, architects, developers, testers, and operations managers to manage the software development process.
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\
~100 MB


Visual Basic
Visual Basic provides a familiar, easy to understand and modern object-oriented programming language designed for developing applications for the .NET Framework. It also provides an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with a collection of development tools, debuggers, and visual designers. Visual Basic 2010 improves readability of code, simplifies programming and deployment with the Microsoft Office APIs, allows easier interop with dynamic languages, and increases support for Test-Driven Development and quick code navigation.
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\VB\
~1,6 GB


Visual C++
Visual C++ programming language support for native and managed development on the Windows platform. Includes the x86 sources, compiler, tools, and libraries for the C Run-Time (CRT), Standard C++ Library, Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC), Active Template Library (ATL), OpenMP, and parallel computing.
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\VC\

Includes the Itanium compiler, tools, and libraries for the C Run-Time (CRT), Standard C++ Library, Active Template Library (ATL), and OpenMP.
~250 MB

Includes the x64 compiler, tools, and libraries for the C Run-Time (CRT), Standard C++ Library, Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC), Active Template Library (ATL), OpenMP, and parallel computing.
~750 MB

Visual C#
Visual C# is a modern, type-safe, and object-oriented programming language designed for developing applications for the .NET Framework. It also provides an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with a collection of development tools, debuggers, and visual designers. Visual C# 2010 simplifies programming and deployment with the Microsoft Office APIs, allows easier interop with dynamic languages, and provides greater support for Test-Driven Development and quick code navigation.
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\VC#\
~100 MB


Visual F#
Visual F# is a new programming language that provides support for functional as well as object-oriented and procedural programming with the runtime support, libraries, interoperability, tools and object model of the .NET Framework. This combination enables developers to solve problems that range from traditional web and windows applications to more demanding technical and high-performance computing uses.
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\FSharp\
~100 MB


Visual Web Developer

Visual Web Developer 2010 offers a comprehensive development environment to help Web developers build standards-based Web applications and services. It improves productivity by allowing users to rapidly develop, test and deploy Web solutions.

ASP.NET Web Development
Provides a framework for creating rich ASP.NET Web applications. New in Visual Studio 2010 and the NET Framework 4 is ASP.NET MVC for building Web applications using the model-view-controller model and for supporting test-driven development; Dynamic Data, which enhances existing data controls with rich validation and with full scaffolding to let you build a data-driven Web application in minutes; and many core improvements to ASP.NET, including better control over rendered markup and improvements for features like client IDs and view state.
Standards-Friendly
Easily create standards-based Web sites and expand your audience by making your Web sites accessible from a range of browsers and devices. Easily work with XHTML and CSS through Visual Studio’s extensive palette of tools for quickly accessing XHTML and CSS properties. Use the built-in tools to ensure your website is XHTML or WCAG compliance.
Javascript
Features such as syntax highlighting and formatting along with other IntelliSense support helps you work better with Javascript. Take advantage of the enhanced debugging support for Javascript and step-through and debug Javascript just like a server side programming language. In addition, Visual Studio fully supports 3rd party Javascript frameworks such as jQuery with features such as “Dynamic” JScript IntelliSense new in Visual Web Developer 2010.
IntelliSense Everywhere
Improve your productivity with IntelliSense for everything from server side programming languages such as C# and VB to markup, style sheets and Javascript libraries. Features such as syntax highlighting and auto-completion help you organize your code better and work faster. Method summary and parameter descriptions help you make informed choices without switching context.
Rich Design Surface
Work in the source view with markup, use the design view to see the rendered layout or use split view to work with both at the same time. Take advantage of the ability to create multiple horizontal or vertical tab groups to compare files.
One Click Deployment
New in Visual Web Developer 2010 is the ability to seamlessly package and deploy web applications with everything necessary to run including content files, database schema and content along with IIS Settings. As part of the packaging process you’ll able to apply config transforms to automatically change settings from a development to runtime environment.
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Web\
~100 MB


The graphics library provides bitmaps, icons, cursors and other files you can use in your applications.
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\
~100 MB


Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 enables you to quickly build managed, smart client solutions that use Microsoft Office applications as the user interface. You can design applications that take advantage of the familiar Microsoft Office user interfaces and tools such as the word processing features in Microsoft Word, the data analysis features of Microsoft Excel, and the e-mail management features of Microsoft Outlook.
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Visual Studio ...
~100 MB


PreEmptive Solutions' post-build instrumentation services provide obfuscation, tamper defense, shelf life, and runtime intelligence functionality.
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\PreEmptive S...
~200 MB


Microsoft SharePoint Developer Tools
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 provides powerful tools to create, customize, and extend Microsoft SharePoint sites.

To enable Microsoft SharePoint development, select Visual Basic or Visual C# in addition to Visual Web Developer in the Microsoft Visual Studio feature tree. To create Microsoft SharePoint solutions, the appropriate version of Microsoft SharePoint must be installed locally on this machine.
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0
~100 MB

After you select Visual Studio 2010 components to install, the setup wizard continues with installing the components and features as shown below.

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After installing Microsoft .NET Framework 4, the Visual Studio setup wizard will require to reboot computer.

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After restart, that may be related with my computer settings the VS2010 RC installer did not start automatically.
I had to run the wizard again.
But it does not cause any trouble.
Because the installation continues with Microsoft Visual F# 2.0 Runtime which comes in the installation list right after Microsoft .NET Framework 4

When the installation of Visual Studio 2010 is completed, the success dialog screen is displayed as follows.

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After the setup is completed successfully the Visual Studio 2010 will request a new reboot.










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