What do I need to do before installing Visual Studio?
The Visual Studio 2017 Installer will help you install the tools, packages, and SDKs needed by your workload and component selections.
To minimize incompatibility and ensure a smooth installation experience, we recommend going through this quick pre-flight check list to ensure that your computer is ready for Visual Studio.
- Check your operating system and apply the latest Windows Updates: You can see the system requirements here. Visual Studio 2017 requires Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or newer, and runs best on Windows 10.
- Reboot before beginning the Visual Studio install: This ensures that any pending installs or updates don’t hinder Visual Studio install.
- Clean as much space as possible off your %SystemDrive% before installing by, for example, running the Disk Cleanup app.
For questions about running previous versions of Visual Studio side-by-side with Visual Studio 2017, take a look at the Visual Studio compatibility details