Instructions for Downloading and Installing Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition

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Before you Install

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You will need a PC running Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 or XP Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1, Windows 64 or Windows Vista. As this is a big download, ensure that you are up-to-date with your Windows Updates first.

You will also be required to register with Microsoft. If you have a Hotmail or Windows Live account already then use that. If not then you will need to sign up (it is free) for one.

You'll need a reasonably fast Internet connection to the PC where you are going to install Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition. Dial-up will not cut the mustard for 330Mb downloads!

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Download Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition

Download the first file which is 3Mb in size. This is a small download and it is the first part of a much larger set of files so don't attempt this unless you have a DSL or faster Internet connection.

You should include the MSDN 2005 Express Edition in the download unless you have done this already say for the Visual C# download. You will need to download it at least once. It contains projects, source code and help so it has to be downloaded.

You don't need SQL Server 2005 now but it will be useful in the future. It can be downloaded at a later stage.

The total download is 339Mb with the .NET 2 framework and MSDN, or 68Mb for just the C++ Part. You might want to do this early in the morning for faster download speed.

You won't need the Platform SDK now but you might find it useful in the future.

Now start the download.

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Run and Register

After downloading and Installing, run Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition. This will try to connect to the internet to check for updates and new downloads. After it has finished downloading, it should look something like the screenshot above.

You now have 30 days to register to get a registration key. The key will be emailed to you within a few minutes. Once you have it, run Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition, hit Help and Register Product then enter your registration code.

Now you are ready to start the C++ Tutorials!