where can i down download msdn library 2010 for free


  • where can i down download msdn library 2010 for free
    Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:12 AM

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  • Short answer: you can't.

    Downloadable ISO's of the MSDN library were discontinued some time ago, and I cannot download a new version through my MSDN subscription.

    You can, of course, use http://msdn.microsoft.com at no cost and search for any needed information.

    • Proposed as answer by devbrat_ghosh Monday, January 23, 2012 7:17 AM
    Saturday, June 26, 2010 11:11 PM
  • While no downloadable ISO is available, you can use the Help Manager in VS 2010 to download Help onto your local machine.

    To get this, click Manage Help Settings on the Help menu.

    If you click Install content from disk, a local version of MSDN library is downloaded onto your machine. Click Choose online or local help and then I want to use local help if you want to use the downloaded content versus online Help content. Of course, the Help downloaded from the disk is only a snapshot taken at RTM, so it lacks topic updates.  To get updates (if they're available), click Check for updates online.


    - Kemp Brown [MSFT]
    • Proposed as answer by pvdg42 Saturday, July 3, 2010 2:40 PM
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010 1:43 AM
  • Thank you, really helps.
    Thursday, March 10, 2011 3:06 PM
  • Kemp,

    While I love the ability to download content using the VS2010 Help Manager, not all of the MSDN Library is available for download.  For example, I really need to get a local copy of the MSDN Library -> Web Development -> HTML and CSS topics, as per the following Link:


    Most of my time I work in a disconnected environment, and not having certain updated MSDN Library content makes life very difficult.

    How can I get the above MSDN content, (and any other MSDN content) installed locally?




    Saturday, April 23, 2011 11:51 PM
  • This area of MSDN is requested a lot. Try using PackageThis to download content to .mshc help file

    Rob Chandler Help MVP http://Helpware.net/ http://mshcmigrate.helpmvp.com/
    Sunday, April 24, 2011 10:22 AM
  • This is precisely the reason that we have abandoned all use of VS 2010, until the full MSDN Library is available and context sensative (F1).
    Wednesday, June 1, 2011 8:05 AM
  • Bill MSDN library is one of the biggest web sites in the world x12 languages (I think it is).

    All F1 help and common API Help can be installed locally but other books you will have to roll your own.

    Rob Chandler Help MVP http://Helpware.net/ http://mshcmigrate.helpmvp.com/
    Friday, June 3, 2011 9:27 AM
  • Hi Rob,

    That is not entirely accurate.  Less than 10% of the content that is available in the Online MSDN Library, is available for offline use.  The Package This! tool is bugged, and will not allow you to download entire sections of the library (i.e. Web Development).  Even if it was fully working, it would take several hours, if not en entire day, to download the entire MSDN Library using that tool.  I have been talking with Paul O'Rear and he confirmed everything that I have stated.  I presented him with a list of issues, which he is presenting to the help system team, and he said that he'll try to get back to me by the end of next week with some options.  Presently, without a fully functional offline help system, web development in VS 2010 is not a viable option.

    Take it easy,

    @ http://www.openSourceC.org/ Bill Bosacker's Blog
    Friday, June 3, 2011 10:27 AM
  • Thanks Bill. Please let us know if you find anything helpful from Paul.


    Rob Chandler Help MVP http://Helpware.net/ http://mshcmigrate.helpmvp.com/
    Friday, June 3, 2011 5:18 PM
  • Is there any chance of getting the MSDN express iso in future ? and if it yes then when ? My net is super slow. I cant use that online option. I need to get it on my pc from somewhere else and then install it.


    Saturday, September 10, 2011 12:45 PM
  • http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/626677ab-c35f-4f3d-9f7c-6b471b1195dd


    @ROB SIR : What is this package u have mentioned ?

    Saturday, September 10, 2011 12:48 PM
  • Package? So the "Package This" app simply creates helps files out of any MSDN online content you check. I worked on the project a little to get it ready for VS 2010 local help.

    Regarding ISO.. Just beg borrow or steal someones VS 2010 ISO or DVD. And copy off the the help install content ("\Product Documentation"  folder).

    The other way you can get up-to-date content onto your work PC is to download on another PC and then copy across to your work/other PC(s).



    Rob Chandler Help MVP http://Helpware.net/ http://mshcmigrate.helpmvp.com/
    Sunday, September 11, 2011 4:40 AM
  • check out Package this. free s/w en it does the job just fine.LINK = http://packagethis.codeplex.com/sourcecontrol/list/patches?ProjectName=packagethis
    Friday, December 2, 2011 6:55 AM