How to Download and Install Visual Studio Code on Windows

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Today you’re going to learn how to download and install Visual Studio Code on Windows.


I’m going to show you where to get the installer. And how to run the setup.

Let’s jump right in…

Step #1: Download

Head over to the Visual Studio Code downloads page.

There are three Windows installer versions available:

  • User installer: installs in your User folder and does not need Administrator privileges.
  • System installer: installs for all users on the system and needs Administrator privileges.
  • .zip installer: a portable version.

Note that the User setup is recommended since version 1.26.

Check your windows bit version and click on the corresponding link.

In this guide, we will download the 64 bit User installer.

visual studio code download user installer

Wait for the download to complete.

Step #2: Install

Open the location of the downloaded executable.

visual studio code downloaded installer

Double-click it to run the installer.

On Windows 10 a pop-up window will appear: The app you're trying to install isn't a verified app from the Store

Click on Install anyway.

windows 10 install app not in store

The installer setup wizard will open.

Click Next.

visual studio code installer start

Click on the radio button next to I accept the agreement.

Click Next.

visual studio code installer license agreement

You can change the installation location by clicking on the Browse… button.

In this example, we keep the default install location.

Click Next.

visual studio code installer destination location

Keep the default Start Menu Folder.

Click Next.

visual studio code installer start menu folder

Select the Create a desktop icon checkbox.

Click Next.

visual studio code installer additional tasks

An overview of the selected installation settings is shown.

Click Install to start the installation.

visual studio code installer ready to install

The Visual Studio Code installation will now start.

A progress bar shows the various steps that are executed.

visual studio code installer progress

Once the installation is complete, click Finish.

visual studio code installer finish

Visual Studio Code will now launch.

Step #3: Run

To start Visual Studio Code double-click on the desktop shortcut.

visual studio code desktop shortcut

The Welcome editor should now open as shown below.

visual studio code welcome

To install extensions from the marketplace click on the bottom icon on the left-hand side.

visual studio code extensions

Congratulations, you have installed Visual Studio Code on Windows 10!

Have fun coding!

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