Based on the question asked here Windows 10 sdk offline installer?

I want to know how to link the downloaded SDK to my visual studio installation. I already have the sdk downloaded for offline but I still can't create new projects of universal apps in VS2015 community edition (update 2).

I'm trying to avoid having to install the sdk by downloading during vs installation.


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    Questions about programming tools are on-topic at Stack Overflow, where you'd probably get better answers. – Ben Voigt May 2 '16 at 4:26
  • I think I'll have to copy/paste this to Stack overflow. Unless there's another way to migrate questions. – Olumide Oyetoke May 7 '16 at 5:44

During the Visual Studio setup, choose Custom to install the Tools for Universal Windows Apps by selecting Universal Windows App Dev Tools.

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This is required to build Windows 10 UWP apps. The Universal Windows App Dev Tools entry will also install SDK parts which it needs.

  • From the question: "I'm trying to avoid having to install the sdk by downloading during vs installation" – Ben Voigt May 2 '16 at 4:24
  • My VS installation is from an iso image file. I don't want to tick the Universal Tools during installation cos it makes no difference - it fails without internet connection. If there's a way I could download the Universal Tools from my office and install it offline on my home computer, that's exactly what I need. I downloaded something I thought was an offline version of the sdk but after installation, it doesn't make any difference in VS. I still can't create Universal Apps for Windows 10. – Olumide Oyetoke May 7 '16 at 5:42
  • vote for offline download here: visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-2015/… – magicandre1981 May 8 '16 at 6:25

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