Update all Visual Studio installations with a single click!

Sayyeda Mussa

We are continuously improving the Visual Studio update experience so that it’s as easy and effortless as possible. Many of you take advantage of the side-by-side support for Visual Studio and have multiple versions of Visual Studio installed simultaneously. In 17.3 Preview 1, we’ve made it easier to update all of your side-by-side versions of Visual Studio with a single click of the new “Update all” button on the installer. So, you can quickly kick off the updates, go for a cup of tea, and when you return, all of your installations will have been updated with the latest goodness that Visual Studio has to offer.

The feature can be found in the Visual Studio Installer, just above the list of installed Visual Studio instances. It’ll only be visible if more than one instance of Visual Studio is available – so don’t worry if you don’t see it!

Once you’ve started an Update all, you will have the option to cancel the ongoing operation by pressing the “Pause” button. If any warnings are encountered during the update of one instance of Visual Studio the installer will continue to the next instance. However, if an error is encountered the update all process will stop and can’t be resumed until the error is fixed.

If you encounter an issue in installing Visual Studio you can provide feedback using the built-in feedback tool. Learn more about the feedback tool on our Report a problem with Visual Studio – Visual Studio (Windows) | Microsoft Docs

This command is also available programmatically for those who like to manage updates through scripts or command line.


To learn more about updating and installing Visual Studio from the command line take a look at: Use command-line parameters to install Visual Studio | Microsoft Docs

Let us know your thoughts!

We would love to get your feedback on the “Update all” feature so please give it a try and let us know what you think. You can share any feedback via Developer Community to help us make Visual Studio better for you!