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Can I upgrade from VS2017 Community Edition to a paid-for edition?

    Question

  • If I install the community edition (to try it out), and then decide to buy a licence, can I just add the licence to the installation, or do I have to uninstall the Community Edition and install the other one?

    The reason I ask is that VS has to be one of the most difficult pieces of software I've ever had to uninstall (along with SQL Server), and I'm not keen on installing it if I might have to take it off again.

    Thanks for any help you can give.

    Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:02 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    In previous versions, until VS 2015 included, different editions could not coexist, so installing VS Professional would replace the Community Edition.

    In VS 2017, several editions can coexist, they are installed in different folders:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Community

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Professional

    So installing VS 2017 Professional does not replace the Community Edition, you need to uninstall it.


    My portal and blog about VSX: <a href="http://www.visualstudioextensibility.com"> http://www.visualstudioextensibility.com</a> Twitter: https://twitter.com/VSExtensibility MZ-Tools productivity extension for Visual Studio: https://www.mztools.com

    Monday, March 20, 2017 2:40 PM

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  • Hi Mr Yossu,

    Welcome to the MSDN forum!

    Visual Studio 2017 Community Editor is a free version, it does not need to use licence key, but it needs a Hotmail account to check for an updated license.

    Please refer to the following screenshot (Start VS in Run as Administrator mode->Help->Register Product), thanks.

    This is the relevant link: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg442061.aspx

    And we could not update Community to Enterprise or Professional. We could download Enterprise and Community Editor in same machine. Please refer to the following screenshot:

    and:

    Best Regards,

    Oscar


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    Friday, March 17, 2017 5:28 AM
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  • Sorry, just realised that I didn't make myself clear. What I meant was, if I later decide to buy a licence for the professional version, would I need to reinstall VS, or could I just add the licence key to unlock the extra features?
    Sunday, March 19, 2017 2:47 PM
  • Hi Mr Yossu,

    Thanks for your reply!

    >> if I later decide to buy a licence for the professional version, would I need to reinstall VS

    If you have installed VS professional edition, you don’t need to reinstall VS again. Please refer to the following screenshot to Unlock with a Product Key.

    >>or could I just add the licence key to unlock the extra features

    Yes, you can get access extra features. Please refer to below link know more information, thanks.

    https://www.visualstudio.com/vs/compare/

    Hope it helpful for you :)

    Best Regards,

    Oscar


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    Monday, March 20, 2017 3:16 AM
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  • Thanks, but you haven't answered the question.

    I want to know, if I install the Community edition, and then later want to upgrade to the Professional edition, will I need to uninstall the Community edition first?

    Installing Professional isn't much use if I don't have a licence for it, as the trial licence is only for a short while (90 days?), and then it stops working.

    Monday, March 20, 2017 2:19 PM
  • Hi,

    In previous versions, until VS 2015 included, different editions could not coexist, so installing VS Professional would replace the Community Edition.

    In VS 2017, several editions can coexist, they are installed in different folders:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Community

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Professional

    So installing VS 2017 Professional does not replace the Community Edition, you need to uninstall it.


    My portal and blog about VSX: <a href="http://www.visualstudioextensibility.com"> http://www.visualstudioextensibility.com</a> Twitter: https://twitter.com/VSExtensibility MZ-Tools productivity extension for Visual Studio: https://www.mztools.com

    Monday, March 20, 2017 2:40 PM
  • Hi Mr Yossu,

    >>I want to know, if I install the Community edition, and then later want to upgrade to the Professional edition, will I need to uninstall the Community edition first?

    I answered this question in my first reply, you need not. VS2017 Community and VS2017 Professional will both exist in our machine. They are independent of each other.

    >>Installing Professional isn't much use if I don't have a licence for it, as the trial licence is only for a short while (90 days?), and then it stops working.

    Yes, you are right. VS professional and Enterprise are paid versions.

    Hope it helpful for you.

    Sincerely,

    Oscar


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    Tuesday, March 21, 2017 1:34 AM
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