Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (KB2707250) Offline ISO Download
In one of my earlier post, I struggled a lot to install Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 online, because of my bad internet connection. You can see the detailed screenshots here. I am glad to hear that Microsoft team will continue to provide ISO format installers for all larger updates in future.
Visual Studio Team recently announced Update 2 for VS 2012, which contains cumulative series of feature additions and bug fixes for Visual Studio 2012. At first look, if you see the Official Download Link, you will be amazed that its just 1.3MB for file (VS2012.2.exe). But the reality is that this is just a small foot-print of setup, which needs to connect to Internet to download 1.80GB of files. This is a crazy practice that Microsoft is following recently. The Update 1 was about 0.98GB in size.
Here is my download experience on my CDMA based Data Card, which promises speed upto 3.1 Mbps. I was not using my Internet for any other parallel downloads during this time.
I could not track the last part, as it was too late to keep myself awake. Approximately, I guess it took around 15 hours to download all the packages. At times, in between, I felt the download is hanging. But I did not loose my patience and continued. The screenshots running above were taken at random intervals, as I was busy doing other work in parallel.
Here are some facts on setup size:
Base Version – Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate ISO (RTM) – 1.48GB
Updates – Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 – 0.98GB
Updates – Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 – 1.80GB
Update cycles are sometimes very confusing. When it is a major updates, Microsoft uses R1/R2 for Windows Server / SQL Server. But for Visual Studio, they still call it as Update 1 or Update 2.
How was your Download experience? Leave your comments.
I am a fan of Offline Installers. Reason: I keep building my PC/VM frequently and sometimes I don’t get a consistent Internet connectivity(Thanks to my ISP – BSNL). Well, the Offline Installer also helps me save my Internet Bandwidth.
Today, I managed to complete the long time pending update – Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1. The notification of this update was lying in my Windows Update since a long time.
Here is the ISO direct download link of Visual Studio 2010 SP1 (VS2010SP1dvd1.iso). This ISO file size is around 1.48GB and is for all editions of Visual Studio 2010 (Express, Professional, Premium, Ultimate, Test Professional).
For more details, read the official link on Microsoft Download Center about this Service Pack.