Ah, I think I see the differences.
Umm... I think you misread the entire post. Yea it was a little long. So I can understand not reading it all or reading it all correctly. But you didn't get anything I was saying.
Yes you can install multiple versions of visual studio.
"No uninstall is necessary?"
I guess that verifies my assumption that you've never attempted to uninstall visual studio.
No I was not talking about very long term situations or even long term for that matter. I feel stupid doing this but I'm gonna quote myself:
But by the time you have a problem it's too late. Because let's say even a year goes by.
Implying that a year is plenty of time for an average user to have cluttered the hard drive. I've seen really lightweight users come back even a few months later. After cleaning it out for them. And seeing it cluttered again. Because they just mindlessly installed anything that offered to install or download. But that's getting way off point. Bottom line it's not measured in time. It's measured in the persons usage and what guidelines they set forth if any at all.
I probably should have included that if theirs anything of worth on your hard drive then you should do backups as part of your routine. I don't know why your backups wouldn't work. Don't think I've ever encountered a problem with my backups. I've also on many occasions done backups for clients and family. Never failed me. The only way I could see backups failing is if you stored them all in the same room and the building caught fire.
Also as long as you maintain your hard drive it shouldn't fail you. Using a program like Spinrite every once in a while. Also it's not just good for preventative maintenance I've also used it on drives that have completely failed. Where every other program simply couldn't recover the drive. The program is capable of not only recovering a dead drive but being capable of using it for a period of time. Though however I wouldn't recommend that.
And no they haven't really made any progress on the uninstaller. I mean yea you can actually uninstall it now and it will actually uninstall properly. I wouldn't really call that progress. The programs uninstaller still suffers from the inability for the programmers to clean up after themselves. You still have the remnants laying all around the hard drive that you have to go and manually delete.
Going from visual studio 2005 to 2008 to 2010 to now 2013. Slowly they started to take away the ability to customize what you could install. With visual studio 2013 you have no options what so ever. It installs everything. The only thing you get to choose is the installation directory. That's about the extent of the customization of the installer. Which is laughable. They slowly downgraded the installer into literally nothing. What I found surprising is that with a google search there's only a couple of search results that come up about it. It's like visual studio user voice I think the website is called. There are multiple instances of it on their. Here is one:
Which one of the developers responded in december with:
"Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are currently evaluating whether we will be able to include this into the product".
That was in december... If you can include it into this product? Why did you ever take it out? Just dumb honestly. So yea I'll probably end up attempting to delete it out of the .iso file but I have a feeling they removed the ability to do that. It will probably just re download the missing parts. In which case I could just block the connection. That would probably break it though. It would probably start shouting "No internet connection. Check your connection. Unable to proceed. Retry?" Even though it's an OFFLINE installer. Lol it's like DRM on a FREE edition of visual studio. I'll probably just end up seeing if I can't find visual studio 2010 download. Where I can actually pick what I want installed. Though that will probably still sneak in some unneeded programs. Have to end up reverting to visual studio 2003 a decade old software. Because apparently visual studio is reversing technological capability in time.