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VS 2012, VS 2013 and .NET Framework Doc's for Offline Installs

06.12.2014
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Microsoft Downloads - Microsoft Visual Studio and .NET Framework Documentation (ISO image)

This download includes an ISO image file of the Visual Studio and .NET Framework documentation—overviews, how-to articles, API reference pages, sample code, and more—to help you in your development efforts

Date Published: 6/10/2014

VS2012Documentation.iso, 2.7 GB

VS2013Documentation.iso, 4.0 GB

Visual Studio is a family of products, tools, and technologies that you can use to build powerful, high-performance apps, including Windows Store, desktop, web, phone, and game-console apps. You can write code in Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++, Visual F#, and JavaScript, and create mixed-language solutions. And you can simplify the development of your apps by using the .NET Framework.

This download includes an ISO image file of the Visual Studio and .NET Framework documentation—overviews, how-to articles, API reference pages, sample code, and more—to help you in your development efforts. It includes multiple ISO files for different versions of the Visual Studio and .NET Framework documentation. When you choose the Download button, you’ll be prompted to select one of these files (see Quick Details for a list).

After you download the ISO image file, you can record, or "burn," the image to a recordable DVD for later installation or redistribution. You can also open the ISO image file and copy its contents to a local folder, or you can mount and access the ISO image file as a virtual device. 
The Visual Studio and .NET Framework documentation is provided in the following formats:

  • Online, in the MSDN Library (this is the most up-to-date content):
  • Offline, through downloadable books (available from the Visual Studio Help menu).
  • (This download) As a DVD5 ISO image file, which is a copy of a DVD that includes the documentation. The image file is provided for users who want to create an installation DVD (for example, administrators who want to install the documentation on multiple computers offline). If you want to download the documentation for local use on a single computer, choose the online or offline option above.

Note: This DVD5 ISO image file doesn’t include updates to the documentation that were made after product release. See the online documentation for the latest information.

If you have a network or environment that isn't connected to the internet (yep, day job has one...) and you need VS/.NET Doc's this is an ISO you'll need.

It reminds me of the MSDN Library DVD days (which I think I still have a number of...lol)

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