Free Visual Studio IDE and Setup

Visual Studio Downloads and Compatibility

Visual Studio will always be available free at microsoft.com/express and at the time of writing, the most up to date version of Visual Studio Express is available here.

Visual Studio 2015 supports Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8
Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 supports Windows 10, 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 SP1
Visual Studio 2012 supports Windows 8, Windows 7
Visual Studio 2010 SP1 supports Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Visual Studio 2008 SP1 supports Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

*Some versions claim to support more than listed but to my current lnowledge, the above information is accurate.  You can read about compatibility from Microsoft for 2015 2013 2012 2010 2008 and will find that nearly all new versions still claim to support Windows XP which is not the case in my experience.

If you are using Windows 7, Visual Studio 2015 will not install.  In order to get Visual Studio for free, go here.

What do I need?

All you need is a Microsoft Account.  If you already have a live or hotmail email address then you already have a Microsoft Account.  If you do not have one, you will be prompted to sign up in order to get your free Visual Studio Express license key for installation.  Visual Studio Express is always free and you will never need to pay Microsoft for it.

Visual Studio 2015

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visual studio 2015 download confirmation

Visual Studio

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Visual Studio Setup Success

Visual Studio 2012 Product Key Required
Available free from upon logging into your Microsoft.com account (any live or hotmail email)

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The whole process takes only a few minutes and gets you ready to write programs.  Continue in order to learn about the Interface!

 

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