Visual Studio Shells

You need the Visual Studio Shell to create an application that provides an Integrated Development Environmente (IDE) and you want to reuse the Visual Studio IDE rather than creating your own IDE.
  • “Integrated mode” enables your users to use standard Visual Studio features along with your custom tools. The integrated shell is intended primarily for hosting programming languages and software development tools. Custom tools that are built on the integrated shell automatically merge with any other edition of Visual Studio that is installed on the same computer. You can provide a redistributable version of the Visual Studio integrated shell if Visual Studio is not already installed. For more information, see Visual Studio Shell (Integrated).
  • “Isolated mode” allows you to create custom tools that run side-by-side with other versions of Visual Studio. It is intended primarily for tools that can access Visual Studio services without depending on all the standard Visual Studio features. You can customize the appearance of applications built on the Visual Studio isolated shell. You can easily turn off the features and menu command groups that you do not wish to appear together with your application. For more information, see Visual Studio Shell (Isolated).
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  1. After installing Visual Studio 2013 Shell Silently I am unable to uninstall the (Integrated) portion. I get a popup window warning of other product may not work. How to uninstall (Integrated) portion silently?

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