I wanted to access a Github Repository through Visual Studio on a machine that had Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2.
I learn that Visual Studio 2013 comes pre-packaged with Git support
and it is nice that there is a Express edition (Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 with Update 3 for Web
) that can be downloaded for free. Unfortunately, it needs Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
which is a huge download
so I choose to go with Visual Studio 2012, which I already have.
VS 2012 needs Visual Studio Tools for Git
. Visual Studio Tools for Git requires Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 before it can be installed.
The download link cannot be copied so I type it out to get Visual Studio 2012 Update 2. That link takes me to a page that will be let me download Visual Studio 2012 Update 4 (not 2)
Fine. I download VS2012.4
which is just 1.3MB and proceed to install it.
Before I do that I get this notification that "This installation will update all the Visual Studio 2012 products and languages which are currently installed". I click on the More Information link to see if there is anything I can exclude. But no, I can't.
The installation plans to install 3GB worth of updates. You can't escape from software updates
. I suddenly lose interest in what I set out to do.
Am I sure, I want to cancel setup? Oh yes!
Update (15/Sep/2014): I got around installing Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1(903 MB). It took a couple of hours and a restart.
Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 with Update 3 for Web needs IE 11 to work best.
|IE 11 has an option to have new versions installed automatically, enabled by default|
After a couple of computer restarts and about 4 hours to finish installing, I was able to start using Visual Studio Express 2013. In the future, I'll probably use a VM from Azure and RDP into it rather than go through all this installation business.
Labels: Microsoft, Rant, VS2012