Installing Visual Studio C++ Build TOOLS

What You Need


After this installation, you can write C++ programs on Windows.

Downloading and Installing Visual C++ Build Tools

In your Windows server, open Firefox.

Open this page:

Click the "Download Build Tools" button, as shown below.

Double-click the the vs_buildtools... file you downloaded.

At the security warning, click "Run" to open the file.

Click "Yes" to allow the app to make changes to your device.

A box pops up, as shown below.

Click Continue.

Wait while software downloads and installs, as shown below.

A large window appears, as shown below.

At the top left, click "C++ build tools".

At the bottom right, click the Install button.

Wait while software downloads and installs, as shown below. This should take about ten minutes.

When the installation completes, click the Windows Start icon in the bottom left corner, and scroll to the V section. Expand the "Visual Studio 2019" section and click Developer Command Prompt for VS 2019

A Developer Command Prompt window opens, as shown below.

Ported to Google Cloud by Travis Knapp-Prasek
Minor edits 8-2-19
Independent installation page made 9-18-19
Download steps updated 9-8-2020