Instructions for downloading your Visual Studio software (and more…)

Step 1: Register/Sign in at the MSDN ELMS system.

o   Go to the sign-in page at our online (Microsoft Imagine) store. ← (That’s a link – click on it )

o   You can’t sign in yet; you need to create an account. Click on the Register button…

…and follow the on-screen directions to get everything set up. You do have an account, and your Username is your student ID number on its own (as used to log into the computers in class).

Step 2: Download Visual Studio 2015

Step 2a: Get the download into useable form

·       If you can’t burn a DVD, (or if you simply prefer to take a different approach), I recommend doing the following: Install 7-Zip, (it’s simple, reliable, free). Right-click on the disc image (.iso) file, select 7-Zip/Extract Files… and extract the full contents of the disc to any folder/location you want. Open that folder with the extracted files, and double-click the vs_enterprise.exe file to start setup. (vs_community.exe if you selected that version instead)

Step 3: Install Visual Studio 2015

Note: this installation is known to sometimes take a long time. Leaving it to run overnight isn’t a bad idea.

Step 4: Updates, updates, updates; and final configuration.

o   On the left side, click on Text Editor to expand it, and then click C# and then Tabs.

§  Indenting: Smart

§  Tab size: 4; Indent size: 4; keep tabs

Getting other software / accessing earlier orders:

o   While logged in to the store, click on “Your Account/Orders” near the top of the window.

o   Click on the applicable item, and you’ll be back to what you saw when you first went through checkout. Note that there’s a download link and (if needed) a product key.

o   I strongly recommend that you save archives of your downloads, and record all product keys, before your 24 month window runs out.