visual Studio 2015 VS visual studio community 2015


I was looking through the visual studio website and found Visual studio community 2015, which seems to be a FREE fully featured version of visual studio 2015. I currently have visual studio pro 2010

I have a winform app I'm developing and I'm the only one coding it with an access database, it's basically a time sheet program I'm using to help track the hours of my employees (18 people), each employee has an instance of the app on their desktop and the hours are saved to an access database, I also use crystal reports for reporting purposes and also extract accounting information from simply accounting using ODBC (RDO)

My question is can I upgrade and work in visual studio community 2015, based on the winform app I'm working on? or do I need to get visual Studio 2015? What would be the difference

Thank you
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Yes you are eligible for the community version
Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
scroll down to "Usage" on and it will tell you the condition to use for free
FCapoAuthor Commented:
I got the downloader, but does it have .net? There's 2 install choices Typical and Custom.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
custom allows you to select/deselect elements you want or don't need.
Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger)PresidentCommented:
"FREE fully featured" depends.

The Community edition is equivalent to the Professional version, that is probably the one most used by professional programmers. Free for something that usually cost $1200 is quite a bargain.

Full featured would be the Enterprise edition. that everybody would love to have, bug few can afford at $6000. I tested its IntelliTrace feature during the free betas, and this is the most wonderful tool there is if you develop complex applications that rely a lot on events. Would love to have it, but since I cannot afford a Ferrari...
FCapoAuthor Commented:

I have the full version of crystal report 2013 v.14 SP6.

I'm trying to install the crystal report Support Pack 14 in order to use the developper version in visual studio 2015, but at the start of the installation I get : You must already have Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio 2012, or Visual Studio 2013, or visual studio 2015 installed to proceed with the installation.

I have visual studio 2015, I got the support pack from

Is visual studio 2015 community not supported?
Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
>>Is visual studio 2015 community not supported?

It is not by default but a workaround exist. As you can read from

Please note: To integrate "SAP Crystal Reports, developer version for Microsoft Visual Studio" into VS 2010 or 2012 (SP 7 and higher) or VS 2013 (SP 9 or higher) or VS 2015 RC (SP14 or higher - CR for VS will not install into Community RC build), you must run the Install Executable. Running the MSI will not fully integrate Crystal Reports into VS. MSI files by definition are for runtime distribution only.

Note: As a temporary workaround for installing SP 14 into Community version of VS 2015 RC build create this key:


FCapoAuthor Commented:
so I have to create a new key named ''professional'' and then a new DWORD value (32-bit)?

The dword value is named install? where do I put the 00000001?
Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
the key is named install and its value is 00000001
FCapoAuthor Commented:
Oh ok great,

I'm just wondering are the same option that are in the stand alone crystal reports available in the integrated visual studio version? I can't find things like add a SWF?

Just wondering
Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
This edition is a limited edition. It is not the same a the full fledged paid version. You can't get everything for free!
FCapoAuthor Commented:
I have the full version but I also installed the crystal report Support Pack 14
Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
Are you sure you installed the full version that is compatible with VS2015? From what I understand, SP14 is only for the light version of CR.

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