Re: New user objecting to using stolen software

The complete Visual Studio has to be purchased, but you can
download the command line tools without the graphical frontend for
free from

Please note that this download doesn't include the import library for
the C library you should use, msvcrt.dll. It also doesn't include the
headers and import libraries for the Win32 API, but those come with
the also freely downloadable Platform SDK.

Still, I would recommend sticking to gcc and GNU tools (i.e., mingw
and MSYS). Gcc compiles slower than MSVC, but on modern machines, it
shouldn't matter that much.


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