Microsoft recently launched the Visual Studio 11 Developers Preview at BUILD Conferenceand its available for download to all as a preview. So in this
article we are going to see how to download and install the Visual Studio 11 developer preview version in a Windows 7 environment.
Visual Studio 11 Developers Preview is available as a free download from the MSDN link http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27538 Many new features have been released with this version such as
- Asynchronous Programming
- Call Hierarchy
- .Net for Metro Style Applications
- Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF)
Visual Studio 11 can be installed in the latest Windows Server 8 or
Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. Let us see the step by step processon installing it in to a Windows 7 environment. Once we download the
ISO file and extract it using the ISO image extractor we can see a list
of files as shown in the screen below.
From the list of files shown in the above screen, right click on the
vs_ultimate application file and click on Run As Administrator. We can
see that the Visual Studio 11 installation wizard gets opened with a
nice Splash screen as shown in the screen below.
We can now see the installation wizard opened with a request for thelocation to install the Visual Studio 11 Developer preview and some
licenses terms and conditions as shown in the screen below. We can just
click on the Install button directly to start installing the applicationor click on Customize your Installation as shown in the screen below.
Clicking on Customize your Installation will move on to next window
with a nice graphical slide out and we can see the list of options to
customize it based on our requirement. Since our requirement is to look
out with the web development tools just select Web Development Tools check box and click on Install to start the installation as shown in the screen below.
Now we can see the installation is started and the installation firstacquires the list of packages to be installed and then apply the
packages to the environment as shown in the screen below.
Once the required packages are acquired it starts applying the
packages one by one in the requisites order as shown in the screen
Initially Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview requires a system
reboot, this doesn't mean that the installation is completed though we
need to reboot the system to proceed further. Click on Reboot Now as
shown in the screen below to proceed further.
Once the system gets rebooted the Visual Studio 11 Developer preview
installation wizard will start by itself and once again it will start
acquiring the required packages as shown in the screen below.
Some of the important packaging applying screen shots are shown below which is self understanding.
Once all the packages are installed and the installation is completedwe can see the success message as shown in the screen below. So we can
see all the specified components are installed successfully. Now click
on Launch Now to launch the Visual Studio 11 Developers Preview.
We can see the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview version splash screen started as shown in the screen below.
We can now see a new window(Default Environment Settings) which gets
triggered only for the first time after successful installation as shownin the screen below.
Select General Development Settings and click on Start Visual Studio as shown in the screen below.
Now we can see the Visual Studio 11 Developers Preview IDE opened as
shown in the screen below. We can right away click on the New Project
button to see the list of templates available as shown in the screen
Clicking on New Project will open the window as shown in the screen
below which has the list of templates based on the language and we can
see that it points to .NET Framework 4.5.
From the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview IDE, go to the help menu and
click on About Visual Studio 11 and we can see the expiration date for
the developer studio as shown in the screen below.
So in this article we have seen how to download and install the
Visual Studio 11 Developers Preview on to a Windows 7 environment. In
our upcoming articles we will see on the new features available with theVS 11.