I have Visual C# Express installed on my PC (for XNA development back when that was required) and I can't uninstall it (it can't find one of the .msi files). I'd like to reinstall it so I can then remove it but I can't find the installer.

Any idea where I can re-download the VC# Express 2005 installer? I've looked all over Microsoft's web site but everything points back to the 2008 versions. I've found some installers online but the sites are dubious freeware sites.

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    Why not upgrade to VC# 2008 ?
    – Sathyajith Bhat
    Sep 1, 2009 at 17:15
  • @Sathya: The point is Dana is trying to uninstall VS2005, but due to the missing .msi, has to reinstall/repair to do so. Sep 1, 2009 at 17:18
  • I had the same problem : if he upgrades to VS2008 he will just compound the problem, because the 2 installations will get mixed-up. He HAS to get rid off 2005 BEFORE installing 2008. Else he will just double his problem.
    – harrymc
    Sep 1, 2009 at 19:25
  • @harrymc - 2008 can be installed alongside 2005 without any problems. They install into separate directories etc.
    – ChrisF
    Sep 1, 2009 at 21:04
  • I've run both 2005 and 2008 before with no problems. I'm just cleaning up and want to get rid of it. Sep 1, 2009 at 21:31

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See my answer on stackoverflow: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/780741/where-is-visual-studio-2005-express-at/780822#780822

The direct download link is http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=51411&clcid=0x409


I've had a similar problem, and it was a royal pain in the somewhere to totally remove VS2005.
The installation CD doesn't help, since your installation is already screwed up.
I finally found this article that made it possible : How to remove Visual Studio 2005.
Good luck.

  • That article may or may not work for the express edition, unless that's what you had. Sep 1, 2009 at 17:35
  • I didn't have express, but this article was also given on the Microsoft site as the solution for express.
    – harrymc
    Sep 1, 2009 at 19:23

If you have access to MSDN (through school, work, or a personal account), you should be able to download it again. I know I can get VS2005 Express Editions through MSDNAA.

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