Saturday, February 9, 2013

Installing Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 Offline

If you download Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 from here:

You will notice that the download link only consists of a few MB download which does not comprise the full update.  Instead, Update 1 consists of a Web Installer which downloads the remainder of the components needed to install the update.

Well, what if you do not have an active Internet connection (such as when you are building a virtual machine)?  Fortunately, there is a method to download the packages offline for installing when you do not have an active Internet connection (or if you have a slow connection such as in a restaurant or a coffee shop).

You can find instructions for downloading the packages for an offline installation here:

Essentially, the method consists of executing the Update 1 Web Installer with the /Layout switch and specifying a download location for all of the packages.

Once you have the offline packages, you should be able to execute the Update 1 installer and it should look for the offline packages locally before attempting to download them over the Internet.

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