Where is the Visual Studio Express 2015 executable located on Windows 10?

It should be wherever you chose as the installation directory. I just ran the install and this was the default location.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0


To be sure, I installed all 3 versions of Visual Studio Express 2015. Here are their executables.

  • Express 2015 for Desktop = VSWinExpress.exe
  • Express 2015 for Web = VWDExpress.exe
  • Express 2015 for Windows = WDExpress.exe


They are all located in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE directory.

Please type devenv command from in the run program, it will launch installed visual studio.

I also faced exact same issue after installing VS 2015 on my Win 7 machine. But before installing it, I uninstalled all previous version of VS hence devenv launched most updated VS which is VS 2015.

Hope this one is hopeful.

The explanation can be found here.

The Visual Studio Application icon/shortcut does not appear anymore in the VS folder.

  • In Windows 7, you can find it on the top of the "All Programs" list in the Start Menu.
  • In Windows 8, 8.1 and 10, it should appear in the "V" grouping in the menu.