Bug 45719 - [Cycle 9] Xamarin.VisualStudio .msi installer has increased to roughly 165% of its previous size
Summary: [Cycle 9] Xamarin.VisualStudio .msi installer has increased to roughly 165% o...
Alias: None
Product: Visual Studio Extensions
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Installer ()
Version: 4.3.0 (C9)
Hardware: PC Windows
: High major
Target Milestone: Future Cycle
Assignee: Jose Gallardo
: 45381 ()
Depends on:
Reported: 2016-10-19 22:02 UTC by Brendan Zagaeski (Xamarin Team, assistant)
Modified: 2017-10-06 01:28 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

Tags: Cycle9KI BZC9S1_C8SR2S1 ExPT xamexttriage
Is this bug a regression?: Yes
Last known good build: Cycle 8 SR 2

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Description Brendan Zagaeski (Xamarin Team, assistant) 2016-10-19 22:02:50 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 3 Brendan Zagaeski (Xamarin Team, assistant) 2016-10-19 22:14:35 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 5 Brendan Zagaeski (Xamarin Team, assistant) 2016-11-01 20:44:28 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 Brendan Zagaeski (Xamarin Team, assistant) 2017-02-17 03:17:07 UTC
[Cycle 9] Xamarin.VisualStudio .msi installer has increased to roughly 165% of its previous size

(I am updating the description of this bug to reflect the latest information for Cycle 9 because this change will soon be moving into the Stable updater channel for the first time.)

## 165% installer size increase

449 MB - Xamarin.VisualStudio_4.2.2.11.msi
751 MB - Xamarin.VisualStudio_4.3.0.738.msi

(An increase of 302 MB.)

## Installation size (on a system with VS 2015 Update 3 as the only installed version of VS)

2.46 GB - Xamarin.VisualStudio_4.2.2.11.msi
3.20 GB - Xamarin.VisualStudio_4.3.0.738.msi

(An increase of 740 MB.  Keep in mind that 302 MB of that increase is simply due to the larger installer .msi that is cached in C:\Windows\Installer.  Also note that version 4.3 includes new features compared to version 4.2.)

## Background information

According to some preliminary discussion with the team, a significant fraction of this change in size seems to be due to new in-depth code signing strategies that have been added for the files in the Cycle 9 installer.  The installer had been using some de-duplication techniques that will need to be reworked to account for the new unique signatures on the files.
Comment 7 Pierce Boggan [MSFT] 2017-10-06 01:28:41 UTC
We won't be making any additional enhancements to the Visual Studio 2015 installer beyond updating the payload with the latest bits.

Resolving as not on roadmap.