Installing Visual Studio Code for All Users in Windows

I am trying to install Visual Studio Code for all users in Windows but it always installs for a single user. Is there a way to install it one time and it is installed for all users?

Yes, there is a way to install Visual Studio Code for all users in Windows.

TL;DR – Download the System Installer here and install.



The Problem

Visiting the website of Visual Studio Code (code.visualstudio.com) and pressing Download for Windows will download the installer for a single user in Windows.

What if you have multiple users in your Windows computer like me? I have a different User Accounts for different projects and different use cases. I had to install for different users.

Follow the tutorial below to install Visual Studio Code for all Users.


Step-by-step Instruction to Install VS Code to All Users

On the homepage of Visual Studio Code website click on Other platform under the Download for Windows.

This will forward you somewhere below the homepage or to here – https://code.visualstudio.com/#alt-downloads.

Under Windows, download the correct System Installer for your computer.

My computer is 64-bit so I downloaded the 64-bit System Installer.

Double click the downloaded file and just follow the installation wizard until you finish.


How to tell the System Installer vs User Installer

Remember the Download for Windows button on the Home Page? What it downloads is the User Installer.

So how can we tell which is which when we download it?

Here is a screenshot of the two types of installer side-by-side.

The filenames looks similar. The difference is the System Installer does not have the word User, while the User installer has.


With the steps above you can now install Visual Studio Code for all Users in your Windows.

One thought on “Installing Visual Studio Code for All Users in Windows”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.