Visual Studio Guide

This Visual Studio guide shows how to install Visual Studio Ultimate edition step by step. Here we are using visual Studio 2012 Ultimate. To install visual Studio follow the steps below to get started:

Step1: Installing the programming language

1.   Insert Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate CD.

2.   Wait for Auto run or run the .exe setup file to begin. Note: During Installation, it might require to restart the computer and continue setup process.

How to Install Visual Studio 2012

3.   The Setup dialog appears, mark the checkbox indicating that you agree with License Terms and conditions, the Next button is activated. You can continue Visual Studio installation by pressing the Next button.

Visual Studio begins installation

4.   Next screen in setup wizard enables selection among optional features to install with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate edition.

Visual Studio Optional Features

5.   If you select none of the optional features the setup disk requirement for Visual Studio is 6.11 GB
If you prefer to install Visual Studio 2012 with all optional features the disk requirement is about 8.64 GB.

6.   These optional features beside Visual Studio trial edition can be listed as follows:
a. Blend for Visual Studio 6.19 GB
b. LightSwitch 6.80 GB
c. Microsoft Foundation Classes for C++ 7.51 GB
d. Microsoft Office Developer Tools 6.18 GB
e. Microsoft SharePoint Developer Tools 6.12 GB
f. Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools 6.36 GB
g. Silverlight Development Kits 6.60 GB
h. Microsoft Web Developer Tools 6.69 GB

7.   After optional features selection is completed, by pressing Install button Visual Studio 2012 installation begins.

8.   During installation of Visual Studio, the setup process might require restart of installation computer to complete setup.

Visual Studio requires restart of Computer

9.   After restart of your PC, setup wizard will continue Visual Studio 2012 installation process.

10.               When Visual Studio installation is completed, the following setup screen will inform the setup user about the successful installation of Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate with Blend.

Visual Studio Setup completed successfully

11.               The setup wizard might request a second restart of your computer before starting and using new Visual Studio 2012. Press on Restart button to complete Visual Studio 2012 installation process. At my home desktop PC setup, a second restart was requested. But while I was installing Visual Studio 2012 on my laptop, the setup process did not request an additional reboot.

12.               At this point Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 program group is already created on Windows Start menu with below components.

13.               After you restart your computer and open Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate for the first time.

Visual Studio 2012 Default Environment Setup

14.               You can choose their default environment settings among following options:
a. General Development Settings
b. Javascript for Windows 8 Apps
c. LightSwitch Development Settings
d. SQL Server Development Settings
e. Visual Basic Development Settings
f. Visual C# Development Settings
g. Visual C++ Development Settings
h. Visual F# Development Settings
i. Web Development
j. Web Development (Code Only).

15.               I prefer general development settings because I can work on database projects, web projects, Windows applications and now working on HTML5 development for Windows 8 apps. Before completing Visual Studio 2012 customization, developers can also decide about local help documentation for Visual Studio.

16.               Click on Start Visual Studio.

Visual Studio Start Page

17.               The Start page which is displayed first when Visual Studio 2012 starts contains a list of how-to videos for programmers which they can use as Visual Studio 2012 tutorials. Happy programming in your new development environment Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate.


Step 2: Running Visual Studio files

1.     Extract the zip file.

2.     Double click on the extracted folder.

3.     Select the Visual Studio Solution file name with extension (.sln).

4.     Double click on it to open.

5.     Click on the start button of the Visual Studio Program.

6.     If it requires installing and running the server database (either MSSQL or MYSQL) you can do that.


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