How to Create a Portable Version of Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate is a powerful and comprehensive development environment that allows you to create, debug, and deploy applications on a wide array of platforms. However, installing Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate on your computer requires a lot of disk space and may not be possible in some situations, such as when you are using a shared or restricted computer. In this article, we will show you how to create a portable version of Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate that you can run from a USB drive or any other removable media without installation.
Step 1: Download the Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate ZIP file
The first step is to download the Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate ZIP file from the Internet Archive. This file contains all the files and folders that are needed to run Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. You can find the download link in the first search result[^1^]. The file size is about 2.2 GB, so it may take some time to download depending on your internet speed.
The next step is to extract the ZIP file to your USB drive or any other removable media that has enough space. You can use any file compression software, such as WinRAR or 7-Zip, to extract the ZIP file. Make sure you preserve the folder structure of the ZIP file when extracting it. You should see a folder named VSCode-win32-x64-1.25.0-insider (or similar) on your USB drive after extraction.
Step 3: Create a data folder inside the Visual Studio folder
The third step is to create a data folder inside the Visual Studio folder on your USB drive. This folder will be used to store all the data created and maintained by Visual Studio, such as session state, preferences, extensions, etc. To create the data folder, simply right-click on an empty space inside the Visual Studio folder and select New > Folder. Name the folder data and press Enter.
Step 4: Run Visual Studio from your USB drive
The final step is to run Visual Studio from your USB drive. To do this, simply double-click on the Code.exe file (or code executable) inside the Visual Studio folder. You should see the Visual Studio splash screen and then the main window of Visual Studio. You can now use Visual Studio as usual, except that all your settings and files will be saved on your USB drive instead of your computer.
In this article, we have shown you how to create a portable version of Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate that you can run from a USB drive or any other removable media without installation. This can be useful if you want to use Visual Studio on different computers without affecting their configuration or if you want to have a backup copy of your development environment. However, there are some limitations and drawbacks of using a portable version of Visual Studio, such as:
You will not be able to use automatic updates or install new features or extensions from the internet.
You may encounter compatibility issues or errors with some projects or tools that require specific versions or components of Visual Studio.
You may experience slower performance or increased memory usage due to running Visual Studio from a removable media.
You may lose your data if your USB drive gets corrupted or damaged.
Therefore, we recommend that you use a portable version of Visual Studio only as a temporary or emergency solution and not as a replacement for a regular installation of Visual Studio on your computer. 29c81ba772