Support for Visual Studio

Help and support for Visual Studio 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2005 and 2003. Links to customer service, technical solutions, and answers to top issues.

Key resources

Key resources

Get Visual Studio Now
The Visual Studio 2013 RTM Version is now available. Try Visual Studio 2013 for free by downloading Visual Studio Express 2013.

Visual Studio 2010 SP1
Service Pack 1 provides the latest updates to Visual Studio 2010.

Visual Studio Downloads
Download a wide range of Visual Studio trials, samples, tools, code and other resources from Microsoft and from the Visual Studio Community.

Visual Studio Product Home Page
Visit the Visual Studio Home Page for product information, trial software, purchasing options, technical resources and more.

Visual Studio Developer Center
The Visual Studio Developer Center is the primary resource for Developers utilizing the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE), and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) related products and features.

MSDN Library for Visual Studio
The MSDN Library is an essential source of information for developers using Microsoft tools, products, technologies and services. The MSDN Library includes how to and reference documentation, sample code, technical articles, and more.

Got a question? Post a question in the Visual Studio Forums
Ask a question in the Visual Studio Forums. Most questions answered in 24 hours or less.

Learn

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Training Course
The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Course includes videos and hands-on-labs designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2010 features and a variety of framework technologies including: C# 4.0, Visual Basic 10, F#, Parallel Computing Platform, WCF, WF, WPF, ASP.NET AJAX 4.0, ASP.NET MVC Dynamic Data.

Visual Studio Learning Center
Visit the Visual Studio Learning center for learning resources, including the "How Do I" video series, Tips & Tricks, book recommendations, and more.

MSDN Code Gallery
The MSDN Code Gallery provides hundreds of sample applications, code snippets, and other resources you can download and share with the developer community.

Related solution centers

Silverlight
Visit the Silverlight Solution Center for support information including key resources, top issues, community resources, support options, and support lifecycle details.

Application Lifecycle Management

Key resources

Application Lifecycle Management Developer Center
The Application Lifecycle ManagementDeveloper Center is the primary resource for Developers seeking resources to manage the development process from design to deployment.

MSDN Library for Application Lifecycle Management
The MSDN Library is an essential source of information for developers using Microsoft tools, products, technologies and services. The MSDN Library includes how to and reference documentation, sample code, technical articles, and more.

Server products

Team Foundation Server Resources
Team Foundation Server (TFS) is the collaboration platform at the core of Microsoft?s application lifecycle management solution that automates the software delivery process and enables organizations to effectively manage software development projects throughout the IT life cycle.

Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server - Supplemental Upgrade Guide
This guide is intended as a supplement to the Upgrade information found in the Team Foundation Server Installation and Administration guides. It covers scenarios which may be encountered during and after the upgrade process and provides examples of most common and potential issues.

Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server - Getting Started
This guide is intended as a supplement to the Upgrade information found in the Team Foundation Server Installation and Administration guides. It covers scenarios which may be encountered during and after the upgrade process and provides examples of most common and potential issues.

Getting Started with Visual Studio Team Lab Management
Visual Studio Team System 2010 Lab Management is an integrated solution to give you all the benefits of virtualization for application lifecycle management, enabling you to create, assign, and track virtual environments to use in your virtual lab. The environments can be used for application development, deployment, and testing.

Visual Studio Team Lab Management Administration
Guide to configuring and administering Lab Management.

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A Lap Around Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management
This demo-rich session takes a tour of many of the new capabilities of Visual Studio 2010 for application lifecycle management.

Visual Studio and Application Lifecycle Management Learning Center
Visit the Visual Studio & ALM Learning center for learning resources, including the "How Do I" video series, Tips & Tricks, book recommendations, and more.

Visual Basic

Key resources

Visual Basic Developer Center
The Visual Basic Developer Center is the primary resource for Developers seeking resources to begin developing with Visual Basic.

Got a question? Post a question in the Visual Basic Forums
Ask a question in the Visual Basic Forums. Most questions answered in 24 hours or less.

MSDN Library for Visual Basic
The MSDN Library is an essential source of information for developers using Microsoft tools, products, technologies and services. The MSDN Library includes how to and reference documentation, sample code, technical articles, and more.

What's New in Visual Basic 2010
Here?s everything you need to know to hit the ground running with Visual Basic in Visual Studio 2010.

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Visual Basic Learning Center
Visit the Visual Basic Learning center for learning resources, including the "How Do I" video series, Tips & Tricks, book recommendations, and more.

Visual C#

Key resources

Visual C# Developer Center
The Visual C# Developer Center is the primary resource for Developers seeking resources to begin developing with Visual C#.

Got a question? Post a question in the Visual C# Forums
Ask a question in the Visual C# Forums. Most questions answered in 24 hours or less.

MSDN Library for Visual C#
The MSDN Library is an essential source of information for developers using Microsoft tools, products, technologies and services. The MSDN Library includes how to and reference documentation, sample code, technical articles, and more.

Learn

Visual C# Learning Center
Visit the Visual C# Learning center for learning resources, including the "How Do I" video series, Tips & Tricks, book recommendations, and more.

Visual C++

Key resources

Visual C++ Developer Center
The Visual C++ Developer Center is the primary resource for Developers seeking resources to begin developing with Visual C++.

Got a question? Post a question in the Visual C++ Forums
Ask a question in the Visual C++ Forums. Most questions answered in 24 hours or less.

MSDN Library for Visual C++
The MSDN Library is an essential source of information for developers using Microsoft tools, products, technologies and services. The MSDN Library includes how to and reference documentation, sample code, technical articles, and more.

Learn

Visual C++ Learning Center
Visit the Visual C++ Learning center for learning resources, including the "How Do I" video series, Tips & Tricks, book recommendations, and more.

Visual F#

Key resources

Visual F# Developer Center
The Visual F# Developer Center is the primary resource for Developers seeking resources to begin developing with Visual F#.

Got a question? Post a question in the Visual F# Forums
Ask a question in the Visual F# Forums. Most questions answered in 24 hours or less.

MSDN Library for Visual F#
The MSDN Library is an essential source of information for developers using Microsoft tools, products, technologies and services. The MSDN Library includes how to and reference documentation, sample code, technical articles, and more.

Learn

Visual F# Learning Center
Visit the Visual F# Learning center for learning resources, including the "How Do I" video series, Tips & Tricks, book recommendations, and more.

Visual FoxPro

Key resources

Visual FoxPro Developer Center
The Visual FoxPro Developer Center is the primary resource for Developers seeking resources to begin developing with Visual FoxPro.

Got a question? Post a question in the Visual FoxPro Forums
Ask a question in the Visual FoxPro Forums. Most questions answered in 24 hours or less.

MSDN Library for Visual FoxPro
The MSDN Library is an essential source of information for developers using Microsoft tools, products, technologies and services. The MSDN Library includes how to and reference documentation, sample code, technical articles, and more.

Visual J#

Key resources

Visual J# Developer Center
The Visual J# Developer Center is the primary resource for Developers seeking resources to begin developing with Visual J#.

MSDN Library for Visual J#
The MSDN Library is an essential source of information for developers using Microsoft tools, products, technologies and services. The MSDN Library includes how to and reference documentation, sample code, technical articles, and more.

Community

Ask the community

MSDN Forums Home
The main MSDN site for all Visual Studio, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Language forums. Most questions are answered in 24 hours or less.

Got a question? Post a question in the Visual Studio Forums
Ask a question in the Visual Studio Forums. Most questions answered in 24 hours or less.

MSDN Community Center
On this page you will find links to help you stay connected with the MSDN community. Read what people are saying about MSDN and see what people are doing with Microsoft technologies.

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Forum
Discuss TFS Administration and User features for software development teams.

Visual Studio Team Lab Management Forum
Discuss setting up and using the new Lab Management features in Visual Studio 2010.

Release Management for Visual Studio Forum
Discuss automating your deployments from TFS up to production for simpler and faster releases.

Blogs and Twitter feeds

Visual Studio Blogs and Twitter
A listing of Visual Studio team and community blogs, as well as Twitter feeds.

Visual Studio Team Lab Management Blog
Follow the Lab Management team's blog.

Self-support options

Self-support options

Search the Knowledge Base
Search the Microsoft Knowledge Base for technical solutions to common break-fix issues with Visual Studio.

Got a question? Post a question in the Visual Studio Forums
Ask a question or search for answers in the Visual Studio forums. Experts are on hand to help. Most questions answers in 24 hours or less.

Use Microsoft Connect to provide product feedback
Register for and use Microsoft Connect to provide product feedback directly to Microsoft product groups and to find workarounds for common issues.

Visual Studio Developer Center
The Visual Studio Developer Center is the primary resource for Developers seeking resources to begin developing with Visual Studio.

Microsoft Premier Online (MPO)
Enterprise customers with a Premier account can visit Microsoft Premier Online (MPO) for troubleshooting information or to open a support incident with a Microsoft support professional.

Microsoft Partners: Visit the Microsoft Partner Network
Microsoft Partners can select available support options on the Microsoft Partner Portal.

Assisted support options

Assisted support options

Contact a Microsoft Support Professional via e-mail, online submission or phone.

Paid Incident Support
To contact a Microsoft Support Professional click on the product and version below that is applicable to you. We?ll ask you a few questions in order to serve you efficiently.

Visual Studio
Visual Studio 2013
Visual Studio 2012
Visual Studio 2010
Visual Studio 2008
Visual Studio 2005
Visual Studio .NET 2003

Visual FoxPro
Visual FoxPro 9.0
Visual FoxPro 8.0

Visual J#
Visual J# .NET 2003
Visual J# Version 2.0 Redistributable Package Second Edition

Visual SourceSafe
Visual SourceSafe 2005

Contract Incident support

Contact a Microsoft Support Professional using your MSDN Subscription
As an MSDN Subscriber, you may be entitled to receive up to four (4) technical support incidents depending on your subscription level. These support incidents can be used to resolve technical break-fix issues in a non-production environment and are the equivalent of paid Professional Support incidents. You can use a technical support incident to find a solution to a production issue if you can replicate that issue in a non-production environment. Learn more.

Microsoft Premier Online (MPO)
Enterprise customers with a Premier account can visit Microsoft Premier Online (MPO) for troubleshooting information or to open a support incident with a Microsoft support professional.

Microsoft Partners: Visit the Microsoft Partner Network
Microsoft Partners can access unlimited online support via the Microsoft Partner Network.

Microsoft Software Assurance
Get volume licensing and additional benefits with the Microsoft Software Assurance program.

Support lifecycle

View Support lifecycle information

Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy
Visit the Support Lifecycle Policy page to view Microsoft?s guidelines for product support from availability to end of product lifecycle.

Visual Studio lifecycle policies

To view Support Lifecycle information for a specific version of Visual Studio, select the product and version below that is applicable to you.

Visual Studio
Visual Studio 2013
Visual Studio 2012
Visual Studio 2010
Visual Studio 2008
Visual Studio 2005
Visual Studio .NET 2003

Visual FoxPro
Visual FoxPro 9.0 Professional Edition
Visual FoxPro 8.0 Professional Edition

how-to articles - Visual Studio

how-to articles - Visual Studio

Download details - Visual Studio

Download details - Visual Studio

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    When you run the Setup program for any of the products listed above on Portuguese Brazilian Windows 95 version 4.00.950 or 4.00.950a, you may receive the following error message and Setup may then end: This product ships with the matching...
  • FIX: VSS integration slow updating source code control status
    When you use Visual SourceSafe integration with Visual C++, you may experience significant performance loss under the following conditions: Two or more users execute a source control operation that results in refreshing the file status at the same...
  • DAO 3.60: Setting Bookmark Property Moves to Wrong Row
    In DAO 3.60 using the Bookmark property of a recordset to navigate to a specific record places you on the wrong record. This is likely to surface when saving a Bookmark and moving to a different record, and then moving back to the bookmarked record by...
Troubleshooting - Visual Studio

Troubleshooting - Visual Studio

Last Review : 17 October 2013