Removing Visual Studio 2005

by Codewiz51 15. June 2009 07:32

I decided over the weekend to begin the process of removing software from my hard drive that I no longer use (or never used in the first place.)  After removing the plethora of tools and utilities, some dating back to the era of Visual Studio (also called Visual Studio 2002), I tackled the removal of Visual Studio 2005.  I don't use VS 2005 anymore.  I found it to be somewhat buggy, irritating and generally unstatisfactory compared to Visual Studio 2008.   So, I did the unthinkable: I went to the Add or Remove Programs application in Control Panel, selected Visual Studio 2005 and selected uninstall.

First, I want to warn you, a dialog will appear after the uninstalllation is "completed".  There are a little over a dozen more products you will need to uninstall after VS 2005 uninstall completes.  Microsoft is nice enough to give you a dialog listing everything on your machine that should be deleted.  Unfortunately, they don't give you a way to copy the text into an editor like notepad for future reference.  You'll probably want to take a screen shot of the dialog and save it before closing the "Finished" dialog.  Be prepared to spend a good hour removing VS 2005 and the additional programs.  (I did not install SQL Server 2005 Express during the original installation, or it might have taken me two hours to complete the uninstall!)

After the uninstall is completed, you'll need to remove the directory Microsoft Visual Studio 8 under the Program Files directory.  You'll also need to clean up VS 2005 projects under your My Documents directory, and remember to look in the Application Data directory: Application Data\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0.

  • Removing VS 2005 and the data explorer for VS 2005 had a very positive effect on help documentation response.
  • If I ever need to use VS 2005 again, I will utilize VMWare.
  • You may want to defragment your hard drive after removing VS 2005.
  • You might want to wait for a rainy day to perform this task.

I suppose next year, everyone will be moving to Visual Studio 2010.  I haven't looked at the beta, so I cannot comment on whether I will move to the new environment.  Since I am not in the mood to switch to Vista or Windows 7 (sometimes called Weven in the tech blogs), I may not be in a hurry to switch to .Net 4.0 and VS 2010.  I am still trying to get caught up with all of the functionality in .Net 3.5.  Heck, I am still trying to get caught up to all the functionality in .Net 2.0.  Being a C++ programmer, I am just now getting around to looking at WPF and WCF in any detail.  I like what I see, I just don't know enough about it to understand the potential.

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