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Visual Studio 2017, VS2015, VS2013, VS2012, VS2008, VS2005, VS2003 and VS6 Offline Installers & ISO files for download (All Versions)

Some weeks ago we published a rather comprehensive list of all Microsoft Visual Studio Build Numbers, Version IDs and Default Paths from VS6 to VS2017. For those who keep asking where they can download the ISO files of the older builds, we put together this far-from-complete list containing some of the most known official direct download links for the offline installers and/or ISO files, together with service packs and support files.

IMPORTANT: Let’s make it clear, this is not warez or pirate software: what we’re giving here is merely a list of links to some official Microsoft distributions offline installers public links collected from Google, StackOverflow and some MS support sites & forums.

If you want to add a new direct download link or make us aware of a broken one, write it on a comment and we’ll act accordingly adding or deleting the respective URL. It’s worth noting than we will only accept official links from any certified Microsoft-owned website.

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Error TS2693 Build:’Map’ only refers to a type and other Typescript compilation errors – How to Fix

Within the past two weeks I received a lot of feedbacks from the readers who bought my ASP.NET Core and Angular 2 book for a rather nasty issue which is also affecting a lot of Typescript-based applications. This is hardly something new: Typescript is sadly full of compilation issues, expecially whithin Visual Studio 2015 and 2017. We already dealt with them a number of times in the past: TS5023TS2304 and even the “Compile on Save” feature, just to name a few.

However this one is different because it involves an internal issue within the DefinitelyTyped repository, which used by many developers to “normalize” the type definitions among different versions of Typescript, thus addressing the compilation errors themselves: in other words, more than a Typescript bug we’re dealing with an internal issue of a useful workaround.

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Visual Studio Build Numbers, Version IDs and Default Paths – All Releases from VS6 to VS2017

In this post I’ll try to create a comprehensive list of all the Visual Studio build numbers/version IDs and default paths, including any available/released/known RTMs and Update. If you see something that’s missing, please leave a comment and I’ll be happy to update it.

EDIT: if you need a direct download link to one of the many Visual Studio Offline Installers & ISO files (from VS6 to VS2017), click here.

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Unable to launch the IIS Express Web server error on Visual Studio 2015 – How to fix it

Working with Visual Studio on recent Windows versions such as Windows 10 can be tricky, as the improved security settings of the new OS might create some issues on a developer machine, which often need to have access to some system files – expecially when working with IIS Express. We talked about that in a number of post, for example here (error accessing IIS Metabase), here (allow external requests from remote machines) and also here (Process with an ID #### error).

Here we’ll introduce another issue you might stumble upon while working with an ASP.NET Core or MVC solution, right after you try to execute it in debug mode:

Unable to launch the IIS Express Web server

There are many workaround that might fix this issue: we suggest to try them one after another, stopping only when you manage to fix it.

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Process with an ID #### is not running on Visual Studio 2015 – How to fix it

If you’re working with Visual Studio on recent Windows versions, such as Windows 10, you might stumble upon the following error when trying to open an ASP.NET Core or MVC solution:

Process with an ID #### is not running on Visual Studio 2015

If you look to the Visual Studio error log window panel, you should also see something like that:

This is clearly an IISExpress error. It’s worth noting that the solution will still be launched in debug mode, but the web browser will be unable to connect to the application, giving the following permanent error:

Unable to launch the IIS Express Web server.

The start URL specified is not valid. https://localhost:#####/

There are many workaround that might fix this issue: we suggest to try them one after another, stopping only when you manage to fix it.

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