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This package was approved by moderator ferventcoder on 1/26/2016.

This silently installs the 90 day trial ( of Visual Studio Professional along with the Microsoft .Net 4.5 Framework SDK. All Optional Features such as Blend, Sql Dev tools, Web dev tools, etc. are not installed. However, from the "Programs and Features" menu in Windows you can right click Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate and choose "Change" and then add the features you want. This may take quite a while to install so grab your Lord of the Rings Battle Axe and re-enact the battle of Isengard while you wait!
==================OPTIONAL FEATURES==================
All Optional Features such as Blend, Sql Dev tools, Web dev tools, etc. are not installed by default, but you can provide install arguments to add them. Here is an example that includes the Web Tools and SQL features:

cinst VisualStudio2012Professional -packageParameters "/Features:'WebTools SQL' /ProductKey:AB1CD-EF2GH-IJ3KL-MN4OP-QR5ST"

You simply need to send a white space delimited list of the features to install via the InstallArguments parameter. Here are the available features:

To install Visual Studio 2012 - Professional, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install visualstudio2012professional

To upgrade Visual Studio 2012 - Professional, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade visualstudio2012professional


  • Tools\AdminDeployment.xml Show
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <AdminDeploymentCustomizations xmlns="">
       <BundleCustomizations TargetDir="default" NoWeb="yes"/>
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="WebTools" Hidden="no" Selected="no"/>
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="SQL" Hidden="no" Selected="no" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="OfficeTools" Hidden="no" Selected="no"/>
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="SharepointTools" Hidden="no" Selected="no"/>
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="LightSwitch" Hidden="no" Selected="no"/>
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="SilverLight_Developer_Kit" Hidden="no" Selected="no" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="VC_MFC_Libraries" Hidden="no" Selected="no" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="Blend" Hidden="no" Selected="no" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="BlissHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="HelpHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="LocalDBHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="NetFX4Hidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="NetFX45Hidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="PortableDTPHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="PreEmptiveDotfuscatorHidden" Selected="no" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="PreEmptiveAnalyticsHidden" Selected="no" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="ProfilerHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="ReportingHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="RIAHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="SDKTools3Hidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="SDKTools4Hidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="Silverlight5DRTHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="SQLCEHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="SQLCEToolsHidden" Selected="no" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="SQLCLRTypesHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="SQLDACHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="SQLDbProviderHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="SQLSharedManagementObjectsHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="TSQLHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="VCCompilerHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="VCCoreHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="VCDebugHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="VCDesigntimeHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="VCExtendedHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="WCFDataServicesHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="WinJSHidden" Selected="yes" />
         <SelectableItemCustomization Id="WinSDKHidden" Selected="yes" />
  • Tools\ChocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    . (Join-Path $(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition) 'common.ps1')
    $adminFile = (Join-Path $(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition) 'AdminDeployment.xml')
    $customArgs = $env:chocolateyPackageParameters
    $settings = Initialize-VS-Settings $customArgs $adminFile
    $installerArgs = Get-VS-Installer-Args $settings.ProductKey
    Install-ChocolateyPackage 'VisualStudio2012Professional' 'exe' $installerArgs '' -validExitCodes @(0, 3010)
  • Tools\ChocolateyUninstall.ps1 Show
    $app = Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product | Where-Object { $_.Name -eq "Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2012" }
    if($app -ne $null){
        $uninstaller=Get-Childitem "$env:ProgramData\Package Cache\" -Recurse -Filter vs_Professional.exe | ? { $_.VersionInfo.ProductVersion.startswith($version)}
        Uninstall-ChocolateyPackage 'VisualStudio2012Professional' 'exe' "/Uninstall /force /Passive /NoRestart" $uninstaller.FullName
  • Tools\common.ps1 Show
    Function Initialize-VS-Settings ($vsArgs, $unattendFile)
    	$result = @{ 
    		"ProductKey" = ""
    	$MATCH_PATTERN = "/([a-zA-Z]+):([`"'])?([a-zA-Z0-9- _]+)([`"'])?"
    	$VALUE_INDEX = 3
    	$productKey = ""
    	#Test to see if anything was passed
    	if($vsArgs -match $MATCH_PATTERN ){
    	    #Construct a hastable of paramaters sent
    	    #Format is /Key:Value (optional quotes) - Value can have [a-zA-Z0-9- _]+
    	    $vsArgValues = @{ }
    	    $results = $vsArgs | Select-String $MATCH_PATTERN -AllMatches  
    	    $results.matches | % { 
    	    #Initialize features unattended installation file
    	    if($vsArgValues['Features']) {
    	        $featuresToAdd = -split $vsArgValues['Features']
    	        [xml]$adminXml=Get-Content $unattendFile
    	        $featuresToAdd | % {
    	            $node=$adminXml.DocumentElement.SelectableItemCustomizations.ChildNodes | ? {$_.Id -eq "$feature"}
    	            if($node -ne $null){
    	    #Return back the product key
    	    if($vsArgValues['ProductKey']) {
    	        $result["ProductKey"] = $vsArgValues['ProductKey']
    	New-Object PSObject -Property $result
    Function Get-VS-Installer-Args ($productKey='') {
    	$result = "/Passive /NoRestart /AdminFile $adminFile /Log $env:temp\vs.log"
    	if($settings.ProductKey -ne "") {
    	    $result = "{0} /ProductKey {1}" -f $result, $settings.ProductKey

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Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Visual Studio 2012 - Professional 11.0.1 3047 Monday, November 19, 2012 approved
Visual Studio 2012 - Professional 11.0 354 Wednesday, August 22, 2012  

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