How to disable Visual Studio extension automatic updates in an unattended mode?

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I can disable automatic extension update for a particular extension via the Extensions and Updates manager in Visual Studio. But what should I do when I want to disable automatic updates for extension FOO on all computers of my team in an unattended mode?

I want an option to use AD GPO or modify Windows Registry to make a specific Visual Studio extension stop receiving automatic updates. Is this even possible now?

I stop VS from checking updates altogether.

For VS2019:

vsregedit.exe set "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2019\Enterprise" HKCU ExtensionManager AutomaticallyCheckForUpdates2Override dword 0

For VS2017:

vsregedit.exe set "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Enterprise" HKCU ExtensionManager AutomaticallyCheckForUpdates2Override dword 0

To Block "Visual Studio Background Download", How do I stop Visual Studio from downloading in the background? To disable automatic updates for a specific extension, uncheck the Automatically update this extension option in the extension's details pane on the right side of the Extensions and Updates dialog. To disable automatic updates for all extensions, choose the Change your settings for Extensions link in the Extensions > Manage Extensions dialog box.

I've faced a similar issue today. I haven't got a fully automated solution since I haven't need it, but I think I've collected enough information so you'll be able to correctly prepare a small application that can do it.

Starting at Visual Studio 2017, the configuration is no longer stored in the central registry but in a private file, located at %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\VisualStudio\15.0_ <somekind_of_id>\privateregistry.bin. I'm not sure how to determine somekind_of_id (in my case it is 3eeca950, for simplicity I've kept such value in all the paths, just replace with yours). This file is locked by Visual Studio, so it must be closed before trying to modify it (it takes VS some seconds to free the lock).

This file can be imported into an application hive using RegLoadAppKeyA. This function will create an HKEY that can be used together RegSetKeyValueA to modify the values you need.

The key you are interested in is Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\15.0_3eeca950\ExtensionManager\ExtensionAutoUpdateEnrollment. Under it are listed all the extensions installed, each one as a DWORD value, where a 0 value means no automatic update, 1 means that it is automatically updated.

Each extension value is named after the ID of the extension, together the current version. For example WixToolset.VisualStudioExtension.Dev15,0.9.21.62588.

You can check this ID in the manifest.json file of the extension package (you can open the .vsix files using 7-Zip for example). If you don't have the .vsix file, can find the extension data under %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\VisualStudio\15.0_3eeca950\Extensions\.

VSIXAutoUpdate.exe Windows process - What is it?, " = backgrounddownload.exe which tries to connect to Internet From Different Folders. If you plan on updating extensions, make sure that the only opened instance of Visual Studio is the one you're using to update the extensions, otherwise, the problem will return, and you'll have to run the DuplicateExtensionFinder again.

To stop the Auto-Updates from Visual Studio Marketplace extensions to TFS On-Prem Servers

Run below command in 1Tfs_configuration1

update [Tfs_Configuration].[dbo].[tbl_JobDefinition]
set EnabledState = 2 
where PartitionId > 0 and JobId = 'A8F60BD0-BCBA-4343-82B3-FD6B40D657D8' 

It should stop the auto updates for the extension with JobId A8F60BD0-BCBA-4343-82B3-FD6B40D657D8.

is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Edit: Now in Visual Studio 2015 extensions are downloaded automatically. So I've completely abandoned querying the IVsExtensionRepository. I'm not sure why, but there must be some internal problem with the queries it constructs. I queried the same service using ErikEJ's suggested project, and it worked fine.

Uninstall Visual Assist using Tools | Extensions and Updates. Exit Visual Studio. Run the .exe installer of a version of Visual Assist you are qualified to run. Start Visual Studio. Immediately restart Visual Studio to make the IDE see that Visual Assist disabled the automatic updating of itself. Controlling where Visual Studio looks for updates. By default, Visual Studio continues to look online for updates even if the installation was deployed from a network share. If an update is available, the user can install it. Any updated content that is not found in the offline layout is downloaded from the web.

To deploy Visual Studio in unattended mode, you must modify the AdminDeployment.xml file. During installation, the computer may automatically restart one or more times. programming languages, and repair or uninstall Visual Studio. Microsoft has released several Updates to Visual Studio 2015. Visual Studio 2010 to Visual Studio 2013. The setting to check for updates applies to all extensions. Hence, if you use the setting to refrain from inadvertently updating to new versions of Visual Assist, you will not be notified, nor can you update in-IDE, other extensions to Visual Studio.

Learn how to change where Visual Studio looks for an update when NET Core · Visual Studio extension development Exit focus mode New installs automatically install the updated version of Visual Studio directly from the layout. You can disable the notifications if you don't want end-users to be  Disabling Visual Studio Code update notification To disable updates use "update.mode the question is about to disable notifications and continue automatic

Comments
  • Does this stop auto-updates for all extensions or for a particular one only?
  • This script will stop auto update for all extensions