Visual Studio 2012 Release Notes

Last Update: 11/8/2017

This article contains archived release information for the Visual Studio 2012 release.

[NOTE!] This is not the latest version of Visual Studio 2017. To download the latest release, please visit the current release notes for Visual Studio 2017, or the Downloads page.


To download Visual Studio 2012, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Download Visual Studio 2012 button.
  2. The download screen displays a banner asking if you have tried the latest Visual Studio 2017 version. If you still wish to download a previous version, scroll past the banner until you see the message <img src="media/OlderVersionCaption-4.png"alt="Download older version text"> (Figure 1).

    Download banner

    (Figure 1) Intro banner on older version download page.

  3. Find the version year you want and click on the + sign opposite your selected year to expand your selection (Figure 2).

    Download banner

    (Figure 2) Expand version year.

  4. Click on the download button (Figure 3).

    Download banner

    (Figure 3) Download selected version year.

  5. On the next screen, check the desired product family. Click the download button for each product you wish to download in that family (Figure 4).

    Download banner

    (Figure 4) Select product family and product to download.


Release Notes for all versions of Visual Studio 2012

Update 4

Update 3

Update 2

Update 1