Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8

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Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 provides the core tools that are required to build compelling, innovative Windows apps.
  • Note:There are multiple files available for this download.Once you click on the "Download" button, you will be prompted to select the files you need.


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    923 KB

    403.3 MB

      You can use the tools in Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 to create innovative and compelling Windows apps. The tools include a full-featured code editor, a powerful debugger, a focused profiler, and rich language support that you can use to build applications that you've written in HTML5/JavaScript, C++, C#, or Visual Basic. Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 also includes a device simulator that you can use to test Windows apps on multiple devices.

      Note: Customer Experience Improvement Program is enabled in this version of Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8. To learn more, go here.
  • Supported Operating System

    Windows 8

        • Windows 8 (x86 and x64)
      • Hardware Requirements:
        • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
        • 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
        • 4 GB of available hard disk space
        • 5400 RPM hard drive
        • DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution
    • Note for RC users:  If you have an edition of Visual Studio 2012 RC installed, you can upgrade it to the release version. Before you upgrade, check the release notes for steps that might be required before you install the release version.
      • Choose one of the following options.
        • Download the Web Installer (win8express_full.exe):
          • On this page, choose the Download button.
            • To install the software now, choose the Run button.
            • To install the software later, choose the Save button.
        • Download a DVD5 ISO image (VS2012_WinExp_ENU.iso):
          • To download the image so that you can burn a DVD, choose the Save button.
          • Make sure that the CRC and SHA1 hash values of the downloaded ISO image match these:
            • CRC: 9033C39F
            • SHA-1: 1163BB28B9B2E0512D41AE8982A175CFE6F7D0F6