Reducing Visual Studio 2005 SP1 installation time.

I’m not sure why applying 500MB worth of patches can take so long, but applying SP1 to Visual Studio 2005 just takes forever. Anyway, Heath Stewart has come up with a nice little batch script which streamlines the process by tweaking some computer policies, installing the patch then setting the registry back to normal (nice!).

I reckon this saved me the better part of a day because I had the following Visual Studio components installed:

  • Visual Studio 2005 Premier Partner Edition
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Explorer

One thing that it would be good for it to do would be to run the patch silently so that you didn’t have to come back and click OK every now and then – but its a time saver regardless.


2 thoughts on “Reducing Visual Studio 2005 SP1 installation time.

  1. John

    I know this may be late to mention this, but all you need to do is use the /qn switch. What takes so long is the verifying of all the files are digitaly signed and have not been tampered with. For some reason the /qn switch tells the install to not verify digital signatures on all files. And then installs within about 30 minutes.

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