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Hope I'm asking this in the right place. I've recently installed Visual Studio 2010 Professional (for a university project). We have to design a dummy interface for a system modelling scrum management (i.e. to allow users to create and plan agile projects). We don't need to do any real coding, just design the interface - however, if we choose, we can add in a little C# (we've only programmed in Java and we are at an elementary level, which is why there is so little coding).

I installed the Professional edition of Visual Studio, asking for just the C# package. The program ended up installing all of the following:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Data-Tier Application Framework
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Data-Tier Application Project
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Objects
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Objects (x64)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Transact-SQL Language Service
  • Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2 ENU
  • Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2 x64 ENU
  • Microsoft SQL Server Database Publishing Wizard 1.4
  • Microsoft SQL Server System CLR Types
  • Microsoft SQL Server System CLR Types (x64)
  • Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 SP1 (x64)
  • Microsoft Sync Framework SDK v1.0 SP1
  • Microsoft Sync Framework Services v1.0 SP1 (x64)
  • Microsoft Sync Services for ADO.NET v2.0 SP1 (x64)
  • Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 Object Model - ENU
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.4148
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.4974
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Runtime - 10.0.30319
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Runtime - 10.0.30319
  • Microsoft Visual Studio ADO.NET Entity Framework Tools
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional - ENU
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime (x64)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Macro Tools

I've heard that I can't get rid of the SQL Server Compact as it is needed for Visual Studio to run. I'm also aware that the Visual Studio 2010 Professional - ENU IS the actual program. However, after these, bearing in mind my needs for the program, what can I uninstall?

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Since not much coding is involved, won't the lighter Express versions suffice? –  Karan Dec 1 '12 at 23:42
    
I had no idea there was a free one! Our university is connected to the Microsoft Academic service that gives students some free software and we grabbed our versions from there. Will have to look into this Express version. –  Andrew Martin Dec 2 '12 at 0:13
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