What do I need to do before installing Visual Studio?
The Visual Studio 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 the following checklist 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 for Visual Studio 2019 here and for Visual Studio 2017 here. Visual Studio requires Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or newer, and runs best on Windows 10.
- Reboot before beginning the Visual Studio installation: This ensures that any pending installations or updates don’t hinder the Visual Studio installation.
- Ensure there is enough space on your SystemDrive before installing Visual Studio. Refer to the Visual Studio 2019 System Requirements to check the free space required for installation. If you need more space, you can run the Windows Disk Cleanup App.
For questions about running previous versions of Visual Studio side-by-side with the newer version, see the compatibility details for Visual Studio 2019 here and for Visual Studio 2017 here.