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Why does Visual Studio Community 2015 take SO long to install/uninstall? RRS feed

  • Question

  • So I installed Visual Studio Community 2015 last week, and it took about an hour and a half.

    I then added C++ to it by going to add/remove programs then modified the install, that took over an hour.

    I then tried to add the Windows Phone 10 emulator to it, but accidentally hit uninstall or something else, at which point I cancelled it after a few seconds, then it said it was reversing what it had just done, 10 minutes later it was still doing it!

    So I restarted the computer and I now have two installs of VS2015, both slightly different sizes to each other. So I decided to uninstall it, 45 minutes later the progress bar is only 10% done, it still says Acquiring and Configuring your system. If I were to try and cancel this now it will take ages to finish, if ever.

    What is it about VS that takes sooooooo long to do anything? I don't have this trouble with any other program, it's always VS taking an age to do anything. Sometimes other MS programs are bad but nothing anywhere near as bad as this.

    I wonder if this will be finished by time I get home from work?

    Also I have it installing to an SSD on Windows 10. I've still got ample memory and CPU left so it's not my system going slow.

    What is going on with these programs?

    Thanks in advance.


    • Edited by Mintydog Wednesday, December 2, 2015 8:17 AM
    Wednesday, December 2, 2015 8:16 AM

Answers

  • Hi Mintydog,

    Thank you for posting in MSDN forum.

    I guess you use the web installer, the VS install is tied to the speed and reliability of your internet connection, If your connection is slow, so much time COULD be normal.


    To eliminate internet variables, I suggest that you download the ISO, verify the SHA-1 to ensure the ISO is not corrupt, then install locally.


    The VS 2015 CE ISO is here:
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=615448&clcid=0x409
    Read here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/e2h7fzkw(v=vs.140).aspx#bkmk_offline

    PS: To make sure whether your package is corrupted or not,
    please use FCIV.exe
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/841290  to verify hash of the ISO.
    Any discrepancy would indicate that the file was corrupted. Here is a
    blog for how to use it, you can refer to it.

    After downloading the iso file, you could use it to repair your VS 2015 community first, then you may do the install or uninstall without taking a lot of time.

    Besides, in order to narrow down the problems of VS setup, there are some tips about installing VS:

    1. Disable anti-virus or anti-spyware software.
    2. Check windows update.
    3. Clear %TEMP% folder.
    4. Run the installer as administrator.

    You should make sure you’ve followed these tips:

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en/vssetup/thread/60f71a54-506e-4c70-be98-e993ce6d1ddf
    If the above still doesn't help, I need you installation log file to troubleshoot this issue,
    please use 
    http://aka.ms/vscollect to gather the installation logs. After using it, you will find vslogs.cab from %temp% folder. Please upload the file to
     https://onedrive.live.com/ and share the link here.

    Best Regards,

    Wen Xu


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    Thursday, December 3, 2015 7:32 AM
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  • Thanks for your reply Wen Xu.

    I'll download the ISO and burn it to a disc as it looks like it will save a lot of time.

    But I guess the install was corrupt because when I stopped the modify option from Add/Remove Programs it done nothing for a whole 15 minutes, even though I only let it modify for about 4 seconds before closing it down.

    Thanks again for your lengthy reply.


    Thursday, December 3, 2015 5:41 PM

All replies

  • Hi Mintydog,

    Thank you for posting in MSDN forum.

    I guess you use the web installer, the VS install is tied to the speed and reliability of your internet connection, If your connection is slow, so much time COULD be normal.


    To eliminate internet variables, I suggest that you download the ISO, verify the SHA-1 to ensure the ISO is not corrupt, then install locally.


    The VS 2015 CE ISO is here:
    https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=615448&clcid=0x409
    Read here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/e2h7fzkw(v=vs.140).aspx#bkmk_offline

    PS: To make sure whether your package is corrupted or not,
    please use FCIV.exe
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/841290  to verify hash of the ISO.
    Any discrepancy would indicate that the file was corrupted. Here is a
    blog for how to use it, you can refer to it.

    After downloading the iso file, you could use it to repair your VS 2015 community first, then you may do the install or uninstall without taking a lot of time.

    Besides, in order to narrow down the problems of VS setup, there are some tips about installing VS:

    1. Disable anti-virus or anti-spyware software.
    2. Check windows update.
    3. Clear %TEMP% folder.
    4. Run the installer as administrator.

    You should make sure you’ve followed these tips:

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en/vssetup/thread/60f71a54-506e-4c70-be98-e993ce6d1ddf
    If the above still doesn't help, I need you installation log file to troubleshoot this issue,
    please use 
    http://aka.ms/vscollect to gather the installation logs. After using it, you will find vslogs.cab from %temp% folder. Please upload the file to
     https://onedrive.live.com/ and share the link here.

    Best Regards,

    Wen Xu


    We are trying to better understand customer views on social support experience, so your participation in this interview project would be greatly appreciated if you have time. Thanks for helping make community forums a great place.

    Click HERE to participate the survey.

    Thursday, December 3, 2015 7:32 AM
    Moderator
  • Thanks for your reply Wen Xu.

    I'll download the ISO and burn it to a disc as it looks like it will save a lot of time.

    But I guess the install was corrupt because when I stopped the modify option from Add/Remove Programs it done nothing for a whole 15 minutes, even though I only let it modify for about 4 seconds before closing it down.

    Thanks again for your lengthy reply.


    Thursday, December 3, 2015 5:41 PM
  • Hi Mintydog,

    I agree with you that the issue may happen when you try to stop the modify of VS, and now the VS ISO could save you much time.

    If you think my reply is helpful, please mark my reply or your reply as the answer, it will benefit to other community members who have the same issue. It will be easier for them to search the solution.

    Have a nice day:)

    Best Regards,

    Wen


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    Friday, December 4, 2015 9:45 AM
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  • I have to disagree. Even downloading the ISO and either mounting it or unzipping it, the installer still takes HOURS. 

    What the heck is up with that?!?? It's incredibly frustrating.
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:07 PM
  • I'm with you, barryseymour. There's something going on with this that presumably well-meaning talk of corruption and cleanup and anti-virus and whatever doesn't begin to touch. My install of Visual Studio 2015 from a mounted ISO has just completed after taking an hour and ten minutes. It did come together very quickly at the end but it spent long stretches of time with the blue dots moving in and out but the progress bar moving not at all. In that time, it certainly was not busily reading and writing files.

    The good news is that when setup completed it explained what went wrong. Seven features are reported as having not installed correctly. For every one of them, the given explanation is "This product did not download successfully: The server name or address could not be resolved."

    Well, how about that, and silly me for not thinking that an install from a download ISO should want to do more downloading!

    Yes, old fogey that I am, I downloaded the ISO and stupidly expected that I could then install without the Internet. Evidently, Microsoft thinks differently. We see this too with Windows Update and in a few other places. An age-old distinction between downloading and installing has got blurred. And indeed the link to "common issues and workarounds" that you get _after_ the installation confirms of some features that "You must have an internet connection to install" and of these and others gives directions for an offline install.

    But, c'mon, Microsoft, ninety-nine people out of a hundred who download an ISO will expect that the ISO _is_ the offline installation!

    • Proposed as answer by npappas Wednesday, June 27, 2018 7:21 PM
    Friday, December 15, 2017 5:02 AM
  • I had no progress on "Configuring your system" for several hours but disabling anti-viruses made it free!
    Friday, June 8, 2018 12:01 PM
  • VS community 2017 is a massive program.

    I have a 4.7GHz Skylake processor and 38MBit/second internet link and it still takes ages to download and install.


    n.Wright

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018 11:25 PM
  • This is actually a helpful comment that could be considered an answer as well. The one that was marked as the actual answer is not an answer at all. 

    There is indeed something incredibly ridiculous about the length of time required to install VS 2015 from the ISO. If one were to download each individual part and install it on its own, it would take about 0.0001% of the time it takes to install this thing. In fact, throw in the time to drink a couple of cups of coffee in between each individual installation just so you address the potential "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" and nothing changes. 

    Same stuff with VS2017 and it is several orders of magnitude faster to complete. So it is not the complexity of the installation. It is something else. 

    • Edited by npappas Wednesday, June 27, 2018 7:32 PM
    Wednesday, June 27, 2018 7:29 PM
  • Hi,

    it doesn't appear to be any quicker if you have fibre, so presumably the problem is at the Microsoft end.

    But what about uninstalling? That takes forever and it's just deleting files and folders. Surely no internet connection is required for that?

    Thanks

    Frank Edwards


    Tuesday, December 11, 2018 6:03 PM