How to get Visual Studio Express 2017 Offline Files from Online Web Installer

  1. Download VS Express 2017 web installer from
  2. Ensure correct web installer downloaded, in this case, vs_WDExpress.exe
  3. Open cmd.exe as administrator and go to the directory where web installer is stored
  4. Copy and Paste to Run the following command:  vs_WDExpress.exe --layout "C:\VSExpress2017"
  5. Allow it to download all of the files it needs, it will be around 4.5 GB of downloading

Note that for the Windows 7 Operating Systems, you may have trouble installing VSExpress2017.  The below instructions were used on Windows 7 64 bit to successfully install VS Express 2017!

  1. Using the Windows File Explorer, Go to "C:\VSExpress2017" to view the folders and files within
  2. Open "certificates" folder and install certificates, do not enter a password just keep clicking next over and over
  3. You may now choose to restart the machine
  4. With another Windows File Explorer, Go to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10" if it exists and then remove the References folder (this is a fix for mandatory Win10SDK needing to be installed but erroring out on install)
  5. Back in our VSExpress folder, Go into sub-folder under main folder called "Win10SDK_10.0.14393.795,version=10.0.14393.79517".  Run sdksetup.exe as administrator.
  6. Once the above is completed successfully, run vs_setup.exe in the main folder to Allow Visual Studio Express 2017 to be installed.

  7. Go to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE\" and make shortcut on desktop from WDExpress.exe

Now dance and celebrate, you could use 7zip and ultra compress those installer files so you don't have to download all that again, and you could copy this guide and save it in case you run into these hard to troubleshoot issues.

 I wear my sunglasses at night so I can so I can..... install visual studio lookiiiiinnnnnnnng kewl! *haaaaahhhh* (⌐■_■)