PowerShell is King – Download all VC++ runtimes using a script
Posted by Mikael Nystrom on August 5, 2014
Note: Updated to also download Visual C++ 2015 runtimes
Yes, it is true, sine I create reference images for customers i always need the VC++ runtimes, and yes i need all of them. Microsoft actually has one page with all the latest versions, well the page points to all the separate downloads, anyway. Since automation is nice and PowerShell is a god workhorse to do the job i used one of my old download engine and modified it slightly.
How does it work?
The script reads 2 parameters from the command line, the XML file and the download folder. In the XML file each file has its settings (some of them not used here), basically the URL, name of file, where to store it and things like that. The script does a for each loop until all files has been downloaded, if one file could not be downloaded, just run the script once more and it will download the missing files, not touching the existing ones
Step-By-Step, kind of
Download the script and the XML file from this location http://1drv.ms/1y2MGcc
Remove the Windows Download Blocking (You know, right click on file, properties, unblock)
Execute the script from an elevated PowerShell prompt like this
.\Get-Downloads.ps1 -DownloadFile .\download.xml –DownloadFolder ‘C:\Downloads’
Wait until done
In the C:\Downloads folder you should now have a separate folder for all VC++ runtimes.