Visual Studio Setup Configuration Samples
The included samples show how to use the new setup configuration API for discovering instances of Visual Studio "15".
Visual Studio Instances
You can install multiple instances of Visual Studio with different workloads, or from different channels or versions. The majority of components are now lightweight installs using the same container format as VSIX packages for faster installs and cleaner uninstalls.
This change to the Visual Studio platform requires new ways of discovering Visual Studio where simple registry detection does not provide the flexibility required in many scenarios.
The new setup configuration API provides simple access for native and managed code, as well as a means to output JSON, XML, or other formats for consumption in batch or PowerShell scripts.
The following packages are available on nuget.org that provide access to the setup configuration API.
Adds the header location and automatically links the library. You only need to add the
#includeas shown below.
Provides embeddable interop types. If the interop types are embedded you do not need to redistribute additional assemblies. Simply instantiate the
SetupConfigurationruntime callable wrapper (RCW) as shown below.
var configuration = new SetupConfiguration();
For the most recent updates to these samples, please see https://github.com/microsoft/vs-setup-samples.
We have published a number of related projects that are intended for real-world scenarios and may show a more extensive use of the APIs than shown in these samples.