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Visual Studio 2005 Express - freeware from Microsoft

Visual Studio Express Website - Freeware

tips by kfitting and Carol Haynes on 9 Nov 2005


Notes from Clif

I don't understand it. Usually you have to spell Microsoft with a dollar sign. (Micro$oft)

They made an announcement at their developers forum and they are offering the following programming packages for free. No strings. However, these will not be available a year from now.


Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition449,848 KB
Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition445,282 KB
Visual C# 2005 Express Edition445,282 KB
Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition474,686 KB
Visual J# 2005 Express Edition448,702 KB



Download CD images



Thanks to kfitting at DonationCoder for this tip. Read the original forum post here.


Carol Haynes at DonationCoder offers a further tip for burning the CD's.

The MS website says use Nero 6 to burn them. Unfortunately they are .IMG files and Nero doesn't support that extension. From reading around an MVP (sorry can't remember who now) pointed out the solution is to simply change the extension from .IMG to .ISO and then Nero can handle them. If you aren't sure how to do that then go to Control Panel > Folder View > View Tab and uncheck "Hide extensions for known filetypes" (12th line in Windows XP). You can then see the .IMG extension and change it.


Quote from Microsoft

Lightweight, easy-to-use, and easy-to-learn tools for the hobbyist, novice, and student developer.