Download and Install C# Express 2008

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Before you Install

Before you start, make sure your PC meets the following:

Hardware Specification:

  • Minimum: 1.6 GHz CPU, 192 MB RAM, 1024x768 display, 5400 RPM hard disk space
  • Recommended: 2.2 GHz or higher CPU, 384 MB or more RAM, 1280x1024 display, 7200 RPM or higher

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows XP with Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1
  • Windows Vista

Now go to the Install Page (


When you choose to install C# Express from the Offline Install, you will download a 900MB ISO file. Either extract this file using Winrar to a temporary directory and/or burn the ISO to a DVD.

Once you have the files extracted to either a temporary folder or on a DVD, run the setup file.


When the setup file is run or the DVD is installed into the destination machine, the Visual Studio Express welcome menu is presented to you.


Click on the Visual C# 2008 menu item. Within a few seconds, you should see that the setup program is copying all necessary installation files to a temporary folder.


When the Setup program is done copying the files, the setup application loads into memory. While the application is loading, you’ll see an initialization progress bar.


The Welcome screen will give you the option of submitting anonymously to help Microsoft improve the experience. This is entirely up to you whether you do this.


Click on Next>, and read the License terms. Obviously you need to select I have read and accept the licence terms in order to install the software.


Click on Next>. The next screen will give you the option of what parts of the software would you like to install. I recommend that you install everything unless you do not have enough room. About 1.3GB are required for all of the express products.

Click on Next>. You will now need to choose a destination folder for the install. I recommend that you accept the default folder.


Click on Install. The install screen will appear and take a fair while before anything else happens. The progress bar indicates how long the install will take.



You may be asked to restart your machine part way through the installation. DO NOT do this until the setup complete screen has appeared and you have clicked on Exit.



Look around this site, or visit the C# Express web site to see what you can do.

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