It’s not necessary to remove older versions of Visual Studio when installing a new version. This tutorial shows the side deploy model and includes a simple tip that shows how to instantly know which version you’re running.
- [Narrator] I've seen a lot of development teams where some of the team members have to keep older copies of their developer tools available so that they can work on legacy code. Now there's a variety of strategies I've seen used. One common one is to create virtual machines and put the old software on there and then spin up the virtual machine when necessary. What I want to talk about here is the side-by-side installation or deployment of different versions of Visual Studio. Microsoft does not force us to remove older versions of Visual Studio when you install a newer copy.
So if you've got 2015 already installed on your machine, you can install 2017 and it won't affect Visual Studio 2015. Now there are some caveats to this. Microsoft suggests that you always install your older versions first and then your newer ones. Which would imply that you don't install 2017 and then later go back and install Visual Studio 2012. Although, I have done that in the past and didn't have any issues. That's a suggestion from Microsoft. Older first then newer. On my machine, on this machine here, I've got three versions of Visual Studio installed.
I've got 2013 which is what you're seeing here. Here's the version number. I've got 2015. And I've got 2017. All running happily side-by-side. Let me show you a tip that I use when I have multiple copies of Visual Studio installed so I can keep track. Now I showed you can go to help and see which version is installed.
And sometimes you can tell by looking at the I.D. You'll get familiar with the I.D. and you can tell at a glance which one you're in. But here's a simple trick that'll make your life easier. Let's go to the 2015 version. What I like to do is go to my menu, right click, choose customize, then go to commands, find the help section, then choose modify the selection. And then I'll just add some extra text here. In parenthesis I'll say 2015.
Press enter and then close. Now with a glance I can look at the top, no matter what screen I'm in, let's close this start page so there's no clues that I'm in 2015 here in the center of the screen. I can quickly glance to the top to see what version I'm in.
- Installing Visual Studio 2017
- Using debugging features
- Reviewing document navigation enhancements
- Examining IntelliSense Improvements
- Using XAML tools
- Reviewing the tooling added to support Docker containers
- Debugging without the hosting process
- Using the Visual Studio 2017 Installer