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The Visual Studio 2008 Express Edition release is now available for download. The developer center for Express Editions has been revamped with fancy visuals and re-organized access to materials.
For users of Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition, the key first features are that
First Things First
I strongly recommend that you download the DVD image and arrange to record it for preservation purposes. This provides a medium from which you can reinstall the package as often as you want. It is an important backup if for any reason that you need to revert back to this software at some future time, if you need to install on a new computer, and so on.
Step #1: Go to the fancy new Download Page, using the menu bar at the top of the development-center page (above):
While you are here, notice that
The DVD Image Download
If you scroll down the main download page (above), you'll see that there is a DVD download option below the different web install invitations:
This is how I selected my DVD download. If you click the Offline Install link at the top of the download page, there is a more-detailed page with more information about burning DVDs and other options:
Either way, the first step is to perform the download. You should perform a standard download to a handy place on your PC:
My first download stalled at 33% and would go no farther. I cancelled that download and started another. That time, the full 894MB landed safely on my computer.
The next action is making a DVD from the image file. I won't attempt anything else until I have the DVD and can explore it as part of choosing how I want to do the installation, and on what machine.
Meanwhile, if you have been using Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition, or because you simply want to have it, now is a good time to download its Offline Install CD-ROM image. At some point, the VS 2005 Express Edition material may become more difficult to locate. Obtain the CD-ROM and use it to back yourself up.
[update 2005-11-26: I added a link to a tutorial on making CD/DVD discs from the downloaded .iso image files.
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