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VS 2017 (15.6 update)


Originally posted to Chuck Walbourn's Blog on MSDN,

The Visual Studio 2017 (15.6 update) is now available for download, and you should see the ‘new update available’ notification in the coming weeks–you can also get the update now by downloading the ‘free trial’ version of the installer which will let you update your system.

All versions of Visual Studio 2017 are out of their “mainstream” support lifecycle as of April 2022. Platform toolset v141 from 15.9 support is still available in Visual Studio 2019 and Visual Studio 2022 as optional components..

The latest VS 2017 Redistribution packages are available (x86, x64), as well as the Remote Debugging Tools (x86, x64). For more on the Visual Studio 2017 (15.6) update, see the release notes.

Compiler and CRT

VS 2017 (15.6) includes a new version of the C/C++ complier (19.13.26128). See this blog post for details on the latest C++17 Standard conformance as well as MSDN. Notably this includes some compile-time improvements, as well as better linker performance when doing /DEBUG:fastlink and map-file generation.

15.6 update C++ compiler
15.6.0 19.13.26128
15.6.3 19.13.26129
15.6.6 19.13.26131
15.6.7 19.13.26132

Note: Per this blog post, the _MSC_VER value is now 1913 instead of 1910, 1911, or 1912.

The C/C++ Runtime (14.13.26020) is included in this update. Remember that VS 2015 and VS 2017 share the same runtime redistributable binaries and that VS 2015 Update 3 is binary compatible with VS 2017–code or static library built with one can be linked to the other–, so this is the latest version for both.

Related: VS 2017 (15.5 update), Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK (15.4), VS 2017 (15.3 update)Windows 10 Creators Update SDK (15.1/15.2), Visual Studio 2017 (15.0)