Installing Visual Studio 2015 for Use with Intel Compilers

Published:07/27/2016   Last Updated:08/17/2017

The Intel® C++ and Fortran compilers for Windows* require that Microsoft Visual C++* support be present. For Fortran, the C++ libraries and tools are required to build applications. Unlike prior versions, Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 does not install C++ support by default, so if you want to use the Intel compilers with Visual Studio 2015 you must customize the install and enable C++ support.

When you run the Visual Studio 2015 installer, you will see a screen that looks like this. (Community Edition shown here, but other editions are similar):

Select Custom and click Next. You will then be shown a screen where you can choose components to install (Community Edition shown here; other editions will have additional components):

Check the box for Visual C++. For Intel® C++, leave all the subsidiary boxes checked. For Fortran you need only "Common Tools", though if you will be building applications to run on Windows XP* you should check the box for that. Click Next and proceed with the install.

If you have already installed Visual Studio 2015 and did not select C++ support, rerun the Visual Studio installer and change the options.

See this article on Intel® C++ and Fortran Compilers for Windows* Integration Into Microsoft Visual Studio 2017*

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Product and Performance Information


Intel's compilers may or may not optimize to the same degree for non-Intel microprocessors for optimizations that are not unique to Intel microprocessors. These optimizations include SSE2, SSE3, and SSSE3 instruction sets and other optimizations. Intel does not guarantee the availability, functionality, or effectiveness of any optimization on microprocessors not manufactured by Intel. Microprocessor-dependent optimizations in this product are intended for use with Intel microprocessors. Certain optimizations not specific to Intel microarchitecture are reserved for Intel microprocessors. Please refer to the applicable product User and Reference Guides for more information regarding the specific instruction sets covered by this notice.

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