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Downloading Standalone Development Tools

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  • How can I, if possible, download the development tools as standalones rather than download the 4.8gb version? i downloaded the 3.6gb version just to try it out and now i want the tools contained in the 4.8gb version. where can i download them? and whilst still on the subject, is it possible for Microsoft to provide an offline version of the .Net 3.5.1 Framework?
    Wednesday, October 5, 2011 9:05 AM

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  • Hi,
     
    You may be able to download the Developement Tools separately from MSDN Subscriber downloads.
    This does not work, because it does not install the WinRT SDK. You must start with the version of Windows 8 with development tools, which contains Visual Studio Express with only the WinRT templates.
     
    Then, if you wish, you can install the more complete version of Visual Studio 11 from MSDN.
     

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Wednesday, October 5, 2011 12:10 PM
  • If you don't have MSDN subscribtion, then try download full version .
    As I said, even if you do have MSDN, you still have to start with the full download of Win8 with development tools, because otherwise the WinRT SDK is not installed.
     

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Wednesday, October 5, 2011 12:48 PM
  • Thanks David, you are correct. 

    To build metro-style applications today, you need the Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64) image.  This is the only one that has all of the tools for metro-style applications.  Note that you can make a bootable USB flash drive by following instructions posted here.

    If you want to build Win32 and .NET applications, then you should also get the Visual Studio Developer Preview from MSDN.  When you install this on the above image, it will integrate with the VS Express tools so you can build metro-style apps as well.

    Sincerely,

    Dan

    Friday, October 14, 2011 12:17 AM
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  • How can I, if possible, download the development tools as standalones rather than download the 4.8gb version? i downloaded the 3.6gb version just to try it out and now i want the tools contained in the 4.8gb version. where can i download them?
    This is not possible. You have to download the 64-bit version with the tools.
     
    I just went and purchased some dual-layer DVD's. You can do the download while you go to the store...
     

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    • Proposed as answer by pvdg42 Wednesday, October 5, 2011 6:45 PM
    Wednesday, October 5, 2011 10:15 AM
  • Hi,

    You may be able to download the Developement Tools separately from MSDN Subscriber downloads.

    For .NET Framework 3.5, you can download it from: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=21

    I thinks, this should suffice.  


    Mayur Tendulkar | Zevenseas | Codezeven | http://www.mayurtendulkar.com
    • Edited by Mayur-Tendulkar Wednesday, October 5, 2011 11:34 AM spell mistake
    Wednesday, October 5, 2011 11:33 AM
  • Hi,
     
    You may be able to download the Developement Tools separately from MSDN Subscriber downloads.
    This does not work, because it does not install the WinRT SDK. You must start with the version of Windows 8 with development tools, which contains Visual Studio Express with only the WinRT templates.
     
    Then, if you wish, you can install the more complete version of Visual Studio 11 from MSDN.
     

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Wednesday, October 5, 2011 12:10 PM
  • Note that standalone version is for people that just want to test Windows 8 and see how it is look like and what can be done and also give general suggestion. For the version with development tools , you would be able try developing some applications and there are tools out of the box to help you.

    If you don't have MSDN subscribtion, then try download full version .

    Wednesday, October 5, 2011 12:18 PM
  • If you don't have MSDN subscribtion, then try download full version .
    As I said, even if you do have MSDN, you still have to start with the full download of Win8 with development tools, because otherwise the WinRT SDK is not installed.
     

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Wednesday, October 5, 2011 12:48 PM
  • Thanks David, you are correct. 

    To build metro-style applications today, you need the Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64) image.  This is the only one that has all of the tools for metro-style applications.  Note that you can make a bootable USB flash drive by following instructions posted here.

    If you want to build Win32 and .NET applications, then you should also get the Visual Studio Developer Preview from MSDN.  When you install this on the above image, it will integrate with the VS Express tools so you can build metro-style apps as well.

    Sincerely,

    Dan

    Friday, October 14, 2011 12:17 AM
    Moderator