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C++: Installing Visual Studio Express 2012

Installing Visual Studio Express 2012

In this C++ video tutorial, we demonstrate how to install Microsoft's Visual Studio Express 2012. Visual Studio is a free C++ compiler and Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that we use to write, compile, and execute C++ programs.

Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 IDE
  1. To begin, open a browser and navigate to Microsoft's download page: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/downloads
  2. Left-click the link for Visual Studio Express 2012
  3. This will bring you to a screen with large blue bars. Left-click the plus sign next to Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop to open the download options.
  4. Scroll down a little and you should see a link labeled "Install Now." Left-click to begin the installation.
  5. At this point, you may see a warning in a bar at the bottom of the browser window. Left-click the "Run" button inside the bar to continue the installation.
    Run button
  6. This should bring up a black window with the license terms in it. Left-click the box to agree to the terms.
  7. Once you check the box to agree to the license terms, a large "Install" link will slide out of the bottom of the window. Left-click the "Install" link.
  8. After you click the install link, you may see a message box asking if you want to allow the program to make changes to your computer. Left-click the "Yes" button to go on.
  9. This will begin the installation, and you should see two progress bars. After a while, the installation will finish, and you will see a large "Launch" link at the bottom of the window. Left-click it to continue.
    Progress bars
  10. At this point, you should see a dialog telling you that you need to register the product within 30 days to continue using it. I recommend registering it now as a matter of convenience. Left-click the "Register online" link to begin the registration.
  11. When you finish the registration, you will receive a "Product key" that consists of 25 letters and numbers. Enter that key into the box under the label "Product key" and left-click the "Next" button to continue.
  12. Again, you may see a message box asking if you want to allow the program to make changes to your computer. Left-click the "Yes" button to go on.
  13. After this, the dialog will say "Product Key Applied." Left-click the "Close" button at the bottom of the window.
    Product Key Applied
  14. Now a progress bar with show briefly as the program sets up. Once this is done, the IDE will open and you are ready to begin programming.