……………………………………………….Expertise in .NET Technologies

Installing Visual Studio 2008

Posted by Ravi Varma Thumati on May 28, 2010

In this step-by-step tutorial we will install Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition; any pre requirement prior to the installation will be checked and verified by the setup wizard. To install visual studio 2008, download the files from Microsoft MSDN and navigate to setup.exe, to lunch the installation screen. Then click the Install Visual Studio 2008 link to start the installation.

The setup wizard will start copying needed files into a temporary folder. Just wait.

In the welcome setup wizard page you can enable the tick box to send your setup experience to Microsoft if you want. In this case we jest leave it unchecked. Just wait for the wizard to load the installation components.

The setup wizard will list down all the required components need to be installed. Any already installed components will also be mentioned. Notice that VS 2008 (version 8.x) needs .NET Framework version 3.5. Key in the Product key and accept the license terms. Then click the Next button.

In the installation type, as usual we have three choices: DefaultFull or Custom. In this case we select the Full installation type and accept the default installation path given. You can change the installation path and the required space for every installation type also displayed when we select it.

Default installation can be especially handy for average users who will likely not require the entire software package included in the CD, but who also would not necessarily feel comfortable performing a Custom Install—which would require the user to figure out just what features you do need. A full installation can be optimal if hard drive space is not at a premium, and if you suspect you might need all the features offered in Visual Studio 2008. A Custom Install, however, is meant for the Intermediate to Expert user who knows what (s) he does or doesn’t need.

In this case, select the Full and click the Install button. Full installation required around 4.3 GB of space.

The installation starts. Just wait and see the step-by-step, Visual Studio 2008 components being installed.

Any component that failed to be installed will be marked with the Red Cross mark instead of the green tick for the successful. After the installation is completed successfully, you can install the documentation (MSDN library) by following the instruction mention in the above Figure. In this case we just exit the setup wizard by clicking the Finish button.

The Windows Start menu for Visual Studio 2008 is shown below.

Launch Visual Studio 2008 by selecting Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 menu > Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 sub-menu; Depending on your programming needs select the settings.  The VS 2008 IDE will change the development settings to the respective type when we choose to create a project in that type when the IDE already opened next type. Select Start Visual Studio button.

The VS 2008 is configuring the development environments to the chosen one for the first time use.

Well, the following is the VS 2008 IDE. Looks not so different to the VS 2005 other than the color;


8 Responses to “Installing Visual Studio 2008”

  1. sri said

    It is excellent concept for beginers who dont have to know the installation, but i want to know how to install 2010 and where it was available, and one request sir, iam the new commer of your blog so, please tell me where should i start the columns to learn concepts and you was posted so many columns where to start whether or or and also i want to know where thease are using in real time applications.. !

  2. sri said

    you had not reply to me? i was new cummer of your blog, where should i was start to learn thease concepts and i want to know how to install the visual studio 2010 and where it is available and also i want to know the where thease applications are running in reallife. please answer me sir!

  3. sri said

    just i want to know the purpose of Console programes and what is real time purpose to used and also i want to know in i heard there is Option Explisit, Option infer.. etc.. but why should not have like in, whether it has how it is used where and how? please tel me sir!

    • Ravi Varma Thumati said

      Hello Sri,

      Thanks for understanding…here we go

      The Microsoft® .NET Framework is more than Windows® Forms, Web Forms and Web services, it also has the simplest kind of Framework-based application—the console applications. Console applications offer a surprisingly powerful way of solving complex programming problems.

      Console applications are applications invoked from the Windows command prompt (cmd.exe).

      A console app is any program with access to three basic data streams: standard input, standard output, and standard error. As the names suggest, standard input represents data flowing into the program, standard output represents data flowing out, and standard error represents a special kind of data flowing out (namely, error messages).

      For example if you are creating a some applicaiton where users has to give some inputs to get the options based on the runtime input. This can be done easily with Console applications.

      Comming to VB.NET Option Explicit and VB.NET Option Strict, please check the blog…

      below are few reference links for better understanding…

      will send you the answers for remaining questions also…

      Ravi varma Thumati

  4. sri said

    just i want to know in i heard there is Option Explisit, Option infer.. etc.. but why should not have like in, whether it has how it is used where and how? is there realy in those options like Option Explisit and Option infor etc.,please tel me sir!

  5. sri said

    why should not have like in, whether it has how it is used where and how? is there realy in those options like Option Explisit and Option infor etc.,please tel me sir!

    • Ravi Varma Thumati said

      Hello Sri,

      In C# we are not allowed to use any variables without declaring them and also C# programming itself will take care of implicit and explicit convertion of different data types by default.. that why we don’t have these options in C#.. In previous versions of VB it is allowed to declare variables with Implicit and explicit options, which is continued in the VB.NET to allow the migrations from previous versions. But C# was created from sracth and taking all care to prevent leaks from the programming..

      Ravi varma Thumati

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