Visual Studio 2022 now available

Amanda S

Watch the Visual Studio 2022 keynote

Our launch event is over. In case you missed it, you can watch the keynote on YouTube.

I am really excited to announce that we’ve reached general availability for Visual Studio 2022 and .NET 6, both of which are now available for download. Visual Studio 2022 will help you go from idea to code faster than ever. Developer productivity and quality-of-life improvements are at the heart of Visual Studio 2022, and we’re excited for you to try it out. Simply put, Visual Studio 2022 will let you bring your ideas to life.


Productivity in the edit and debug cycle

In this release, we focused on super-charging the edit and debug cycle.

Visual Studio 2022 has IntelliCode. It’s an AI-assisted code companion that enables you to type less and code more. What this means is IntelliCode can now complete whole lines of code for you, allowing you to write dependable code in just two taps of the tab key. IntelliCode can also spot repeated edits and suggest fixes throughout your codebase where there are similar patterns.

Once you’ve made those changes and have your app running, Hot Reload for .NET and C++ gives you the opportunity to update your code and see changes immediately. What’s more, you won’t need to redeploy and launch your application. And there are hundreds of other things under the hood that will help you. Some of the others include improvements in the debugger and .NET language service as well as new features, like Web Live Preview and cross-platform testing on Linux. There are so many new capabilities and fixes that we just can’t list them here, but we have in our release notes and documentation.

Visual Studio 2022 is the IDE for you. It’s for every developer, from apps built with Windows Forms and Win32, to Blazor, to cloud-native applications based on containers, to applications that use machine learning.

Scalability, reliability, and performance

Visual Studio 2022 is our first 64-bit release of Visual Studio. It can now take full advantage of modern hardware in order to reliably scale to larger, more complex projects. In addition, we’ve focused on improving the performance of common scenarios that you use every day.

Tune in and watch our launch event

Don’t forget to check out our Visual Studio 2022 launch event. It’s today at 8:30 a.m. Pacific. You can catch it live on or our Twitch channel. And it’ll be available on our YouTube channel later on, in case you can’t watch it live.

Scott Hanselman will kick things off by interviewing our product team. The product team will show off what Visual Studio 2022 can do. After that, 10 demo-driven “What’s new” sessions – just 20 minutes each and aimed at specific application platforms – will continue getting you up to speed with what’s in Visual Studio 2022. Want tips and tricks? You’re in luck. We have 30 sessions to help you out. And to cap things off, we’ll have a live Q&A with the product team. If you want to get in on the action, you can ask questions throughout the day via the integrated Q&A chat application.

If you want to get in on the festivities, use the hashtag #VS2022 on Twitter during the event. To learn more about the event, check out this blog post.

Watch the .NET Conf 2021

On November 9, you can watch the .NET Conf 2021. It’s three days of packed content from Microsoft and Microsoft community. We have sessions on everything from the latest C# language features, modern cloud, web and native device development, and 80 live sessions on topics covering everything you need to know about .NET. Tune in and feel free to ask questions live on Twitter using #dotNETConf.

What’s next?

Today, we’re also shipping the first preview of the first update to Visual Studio 2022, 17.1. You can find it on the Visual Studio 2022 Preview channel. And keep your eyes peeled in the future for regular updates that will add fixes and new features. If you want to read about our release cycle, make sure to read this. But what will we actually include in the releases? We have you covered. Look no further than the Visual Studio 2022 Roadmap.

Thank you


We couldn’t have made this happen without you. We’ve received an incredible amount of feedback from the thousands upon thousands of developers who have tried the previews. You have all provided so much feedback, from survey responses to bug reports, all of which helped shape the direction of Visual Studio 2022. Including over a thousand fixes to bugs reported by our community. Truly, we want to thank everyone.

We’re not done hearing from you, though. Far from it. Give us feedback as you use Visual Studio 2022. After all, that’s how we’re going to continue to make Visual Studio 2022 as good as it can be.

We also want to thank our extension partners who have been with us on this journey to 64-bit. Thanks to their hard work, over 500 extensions for Visual Studio 2022 are available today from the Marketplace.

Happy coding!


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  • Prem Shah

    Is there any easy way to manage version number and build number to multiple (200+) projects in single solution?
    Is there a easy way to auto increment build number in multiple (200+) projects in single solution ?

    • Miha Markic

      Why not use a build process to manage that for you? Like MSBuild or Cake.

    • Michael Taylor

      Script it. But I’m not sure what you mean by build number as your solutions probably aren’t referencing a specific build of anything that you’d want to auto-update to. If you wanted to, for example, update to .NET 6 then presumably you’d test the projects as you went along first. If you updated all of them to .NET 6 and then something failed you wouldn’t know what broke it. But if you did want to update all your solutions/projects at once then a simple grep tool like Powershell would work.

    • Mark DownieMicrosoft employee

      Hi Prem,

      Not necessarily from within Visual Studio, however, most developers tend to script this kind of version increment action via the build or CI/CD process.


    • Vishal Bhatt

      One way is to use the GlobalAssembly file and add that as a link to all your projects in the solution. This way you just need to define the version and build number in one file and all your projects in the solution take those numbers.

  • Øystein Heimstad

    And the Return code: -2147024690 error is still not fixed. A lot of people have reported this problem but nothing is done.
    So you can’t install VS 2022 anywhere you want.

  • Hristo Hristov

    After updating from 2022 RC to 2022 all shortcuts but the main remained postfixed with an “RC”. This is quite annoying.

    • Michael Taylor

      This has always been a problem. I don’t think it is a VS-specific issue but rather a Windows Shell caching issue as the IDs haven’t changed so the shell doesn’t properly update. I’ve seen it on other apps as well such as the Windows SDK and Powershell.

      • Hristo Hristov

        You are right. I remember now that it has happened before. I don’t remember how I have had it fixed. One would expect that this would have been fixed after so many years.

        Maybe they shouldn’t have added the RC to the shortcuts and saved us the trouble.

        • Anthony CangialosiMicrosoft employee

          You can manually rename the Start menu item to “Visual Studio 2022”. This won’t have any negative affect on VS. Please do log a feedback ticket though.

    • Alexey Gritsenko

      My shortcut renamed to “Visual Studio 2022 Current” automatically

  • Piotr Karczmarz

    Congratulations to entire team! The next 64-bit Visual Studio era begins!

    • Mark DownieMicrosoft employee

      Thanks for the feedback Mike, you referenced a feedback ticket that will get routed to the appropriate internal team to check out this issue. Thanks for you patience.


    • Fabien Geraud

      If they are not to busy to find a way to remove it from the cli silently. They may found time to fix it.

  • Michael Taylor

    While I do like getting a new VS version, for those who have to pay for it there really isn’t any killer features in VS 2022 that makes upgrading from VS 2019 worth it. The change to x64 is probably the biggest change but there is going to be extension issues for a while related to this as it is a big change. I expect lots of hotfixes to VS 2022 to resolve issues with both internal tooling and external extensions.

    The only thing that makes my team remotely consider upgrading to VS 2022 is .NET 6 support as it only works on VS 2022, a bad decision in my opinion. Since .NET 6 is a LTS (and .NET 5 wasn’t) then MS is pretty much forcing everyone to shell out money for VS 2022 with almost nothing to gain by it other than LTS support in .NET 6. I envy the C++ folks right now. They can just use the build tools to upgrade and continue using VS 2019. Not really a fan of the new MS approach to forcing software sales (or the purchase of Software Assurance).

    • Mark DownieMicrosoft employee

      Hi Michael,

      Hot reload and AI assisted whole line completions are just two of the features getting some really positive community feedback in Visual Studio 🙂

      We have been working really hard with our extension partners to ensure we have included many of the community favorites. Please don’t forget to share your feedback under Issues!

      With the GA release of Visual Studio 2022 we are recommending customers upgrade from earlier versions of Visual Studio, we also understand that is a process with multiple considerations for some teams. Note, Visual Studio 2022 uses the same licensing model as 2019. To use Visual Studio 2022 Professional or Enterprise editions a valid license will be needed.


      • Yoonjeong Jo 조윤정

        What do you mean by “Visual Studio 2022 uses the same licensing model as 2019” in your comments? Does this mean that visual studio 2019 and 2022 can use the same license key? (Delete 2019, then install 2022)

  • Michael Taylor

    I should also mention that, now that VS 2022 is x64, when it eats up available resources Windows goes down. Running VS 2022 over the weekend resulted in me having 98% of system resources used which brought down Windows. Whereas before if VS ran out of memory it just crashed, now it brings down Windows. Not sure this is a step up. Fortunately it only happened once, couldn’t do any reporting because Windows didn’t have any system resources available. This is with pure VS, no custom extensions so good luck debugging that. Even after killing VS in Process Explorer I was still at 75% resources used even though none of the other apps were using much. Rebooting was the only real option.

    • Anthony CangialosiMicrosoft employee

      I’m sorry you’ve seen VS and Windows crash. It’s still worth reporting these issues by submitting feedback from VS, even after the fact. VS will still collect logs that can the engineering team can use to investigate along slide Watson data, improving the chances and speed of resolving these issues.

      • WM Z

        You don’t need logs.
        Open a somewhat large solution, edit some documents then close them, and even the whole solution, you will notice the memory consumption increased.
        By using WinDbg, you can see that some WpfTextView instances were not released even if all code editor windows have been closed. It seems that the problem has something to do with the AutomationPeer in WPF. Details in my another reply around here.

    • WM Z

      Hi, while I was developing my VS extension Codist, I also noticed the memory leak. Firstly I thought it was a problem of my extension, and tracked it down with WinDbg. After fixing all possible memory leak points, I found that the leak persisted. Then I fresh-installed a VS 2022 and saw that memory increased as we open-edit-close documents.

      In the issue tracking of my extension, I wrote down something with WinDbg. It was not absolutely the problem of VS, maybe it was caused by the WPF framework and lasted for years! The bug was reported in August this year by another user and I had added my findings there too.

  • valleeefar


    looks great so far. Just a short question: will there be a perpetual standalone-license for the professional edition of VS 2022 ? The link on the pricing/product page still leads to the VS 2019 edition.


      • valleeefar

        Thanks for your quick answer, that’s good news. This is really important for small developers/companies that don’t want or need to go down the subscription route. Even for my private coding, I prefer the professional version to the community edition.

      • Peter Butzhammer

        That is great news. I understand that Microsoft wants to force us into subscriptions, but it would still be great if this were mentioned somewhere in the pricing information.

        It there any estimate when the coming weeks will come?

      • Germain Puccetti

        Not to burst your bubbles but I’ve been trying to reach their store all Tuesday and Wednesday and the few times I did not get the runaround, I’ve gotten all kind of answers: from standalone will be released April 2022 to not available anymore. I’ve tried the MS store by chat, email and phone. I’ve tried their subcriptions phone and email (Rance) just to be told I contacted the wrong department (Why again is the standalone purchase under their individual subscriptions? and yes it’s still 2019). On Monday, Microsoft still had a link under purchases which said ‘buy perpetual standalone license of VS 2022 Professional’ which lead to VS2019 Pro. After I brought it up with them, 2h later the link was changed from 2022 to 2019 and a few hours later removed.
        I’ve been programming in Visual Studio C++ since 1998, and microsoft’s service has become worse and worse. It was the same behavior of microsoft 2 yrs ago when releasing VS2019. The standalone pro version was released 2-3 weeks later because of programmer complaints. Now, they are pushing for higher sales in subscriptions to Azure even if we don’t want it. From a friend working at MS, as long as they don’t reach their Azure sales target, the standalone version will not be released. Sad but true.
        I expect MS behavior will become even more disrespectful at their next release of VS. There is good news though, Nvidia is releasing software platforms / IDEs for developers of deep learning / ML solutions in R and Python. No need for Visual Studio.

      • Vyacheslav Lanovets

        Hello. I wonder if more specific schedule can be provided? This information would really help with planning both budgeting and technical development.

  • Matt O

    Unable to find SSRS (SQL Reporting Services) and SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services) extensions for VS 2022.

    Nor can I find the feedback or backlog items for this functionality.

    What is the ETA on these as we can’t fully upgrade to VS 2022 without these two features.

  • Tim Belvin

    I am excited about a lot about VS 2022. But am also disappointed. With a clean install on Windows 10, using the Maui template fails to build regardless of the target. And help for the errors I was getting was not easy to find. I simply could not build the demo Maddy gave in her talk on the Maui features – it does not work out of the box.

    I realize Maui will not GA until sometime in 2022, but that template should have delivered a buildable project out of the box.

    I was able to build a couple of other projects to play with some of the new features – so still worthwhile

    • Maddy LegerMicrosoft employee

      Hi Tim! This is weird, are you using VS 2022 Preview? Can you go to Help > Report a Problem and file this?? It did work out of the box for me when I just tried it so there might be something weird going on and I’d love for the engineering team to be able to take a closer look!!!