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Why is the download for Visual Studio 2015 update 3 the same as for Visual Studio 2015 update 2?

    Question

  • Here's the link for update two.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=691129 on this page. https://www.visualstudio.com/news/vs2015-update2-vs

    And for update 3 . It's 

    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=691129 on this page. https://www.visualstudio.com/news/releasenotes/vs2015-update3-vs

    One is <g class="gr_ gr_289 gr-alert gr_spell gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" data-gr-id="289" id="289">http</g>, the other https but no different in either case.

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016 9:11 PM

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  • Hi David H Bolton,

    The basic URL of "go.microsoft.com/fwlink/" means the download site from Microsoft official server. About the "LinkId=691129", it is the parameter that represents all updates for Visual Studio 2015.

    Both of these links are all download the Update 3 even though one is show as Update 2. And I find there doesn't have Update 2 download link on Microsoft site. It seems that Microsoft just provide Update 3 now.

    Best Regards,
    Weiwei


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    Friday, July 01, 2016 5:09 AM
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  • Hi Andrey-T,

    Sorry for my delay reply because of the weekend.

    Until last Friday, I found that the Update 2 download link is not useable any more. Both pf the link for Update 2 and Update 3 are downloading the Update 3 installer.

    And I also checked the MSDN subscription, I also can't download a Update 2 installer from there. So I'm afraid that Microsoft just provide the Update 3 installer download at present.

    Best Regards,
    Weiwei


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    Monday, July 04, 2016 1:20 AM
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  • Hi David H Bolton,

    The basic URL of "go.microsoft.com/fwlink/" means the download site from Microsoft official server. About the "LinkId=691129", it is the parameter that represents all updates for Visual Studio 2015.

    Both of these links are all download the Update 3 even though one is show as Update 2. And I find there doesn't have Update 2 download link on Microsoft site. It seems that Microsoft just provide Update 3 now.

    Best Regards,
    Weiwei


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    Friday, July 01, 2016 5:09 AM
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  • Because what you download is basically an online installer, which will later in turn download the latest update. I.e. your link is not for Update 2 or Update 3, but an online installer for the latest update.

    I'm starting to suspect that Microsoft does not provide any means to install a specific update. I received no meaningful answer for my question about Update 2. It appears that it will take a legal action to make this incompetent company to immediately cease the distribution of the broken Update 3 and revert all users to Update 2.


    • Edited by Andrey-T Friday, July 01, 2016 3:30 PM
    Friday, July 01, 2016 3:29 PM
  • Hi Andrey-T,

    Sorry for my delay reply because of the weekend.

    Until last Friday, I found that the Update 2 download link is not useable any more. Both pf the link for Update 2 and Update 3 are downloading the Update 3 installer.

    And I also checked the MSDN subscription, I also can't download a Update 2 installer from there. So I'm afraid that Microsoft just provide the Update 3 installer download at present.

    Best Regards,
    Weiwei


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    Monday, July 04, 2016 1:20 AM
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