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So I as many people have a copy of Windows 10 installed but I have Windows 7, I prefer Windows 10 over Windows 7 (it runs faster than my Windows 7 install). The problem is that I have a lot of IDE's on Windows 7 for example VS10, VS12, VS13, VS15, PHPStorm, Eclipse, IntelliJ, dotPeek...

Basically a lot of programming tools and resources and here is my Problem each install of Visual Studio is around 8-15GB's each, I don't have the best internet nor the disk space to reinstall them all.

So the question is at hand is it posible to copy registry entries over to Windows 10 and keep the IDE's on my Windows 7 install and use them over on my Windows 10 Install. I find myself having to jump between both Operating Systems and on my Windows 7 drive it takes 20-30 minutes to boot.

In a nutshell: Is it posible to use the Visual Studio on one Operating System and use it on another without having to reinstall it.

  • Its near impossible to move an installed program from one PC to another without reinstalling the program. – Moab Mar 19 '16 at 15:07
  • I meant the question in a way like keeping Visual Studio on one of the drives and accessing it from 2 different operating systems. For example Drive C, D = Windows Installs and Drive G = Visual Studio install, Is it posible to place a registry entry to access Visual Studio from both operating systems to access Visual Studio without reinstalling. – Callum Mar 19 '16 at 15:09
  • Never tried it, it may make its own reg entries when you run the program exe from the other drive. – Moab Mar 19 '16 at 15:11
  • Would work by simply installing it two times to the same location. However, it may break after a single VS update. – Daniel B Mar 19 '16 at 15:12
  • So would it be best just to install both of them separately ? – Callum Mar 19 '16 at 15:12
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No, this will not work.

Visual Studio's install is not a portable one. It's very much integrated with the operating system where it's installed.

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