Alternatives to Visual Web Dev install?

I cannot, for the life of me, get Visual Web Developer (the free web dev platform by MS) to install on my PC.

So, I need some alternatives.

I have to admit, I am very confused by the pricing I find online.

The prices very widely.  I think I have figured-out that anything listed under $200 is a Student license ... which means I could NOT develop commercial software with it.  Correct?


But then I find other versions ranging from $500 to $2000 plus.


I need some help finding the best price for Visual Studio 2008.  And should it be Pro, Standard, or what?  


I just need ONE license.
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAsked:
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Todd GerbertConnect With a Mentor IT ConsultantCommented:
You'd probably want VS 2008 Standard edition, ~$300 (or upgrade for $200, I though your other thread said you had VS 2005 already).

Pro would be the next step up, it includes some extras, e.g. unit testing, MS Office 2007 ribbon templates - stuff you probably wouldn't find useful if the Express editions were sufficient.

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Todd GerbertIT ConsultantCommented:
Something tells me that if you're unable to get Visual Web Developer installed, you're likely to run into the same problem with Visual Studio.  So unless there's some functionality you need from a commercial Visual Studio, I wouldn't bother spending the money to just get around an installation issue.

Care to give more details on your system, and why it won't install (what error messages are you receiving)?
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
tgerbert:

I welcome your help.  Let's continue this discussion HERE:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/.NET/ASP.NET/Q_24130196.html

That way you can review what has already been suggested and tried up to this point by other experts!


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I would still like to pursue the question asked for THIS thread as well - so I have some options later on.

Assuming I wanted to purchase a commercial license, which is best for a lone developer - and the lowest price!


Thx
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peterdunganCommented:
If you're a student there are a number of avenues for getting free Microsoft software with full licences. The Dreamspark programme is available in a lot of countries. Joining the IEEE computer society as a student may give you access to free software as well, depending on whether your college/department is registered with them.
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
Not a student.
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peterdunganCommented:
"anything listed under $200 is a Student license ... which means I could NOT develop commercial software with it.  Correct?"

"Not a student."

You don't qualify to get a student licence then anyway.
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
"You don't qualify to get a student licence then anyway. "

I agree.
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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
thx
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