To start, go to the visual studio website and download VS Community 2015. It's completely free, but limited to personal use.
Open the installer, and you should see a screen like this.
Under custom install, check Visual C++. You can install other components if you wish.
Creating a Project
Once the install is finished, create a new project:
Choose console application and name your project:
You should get this window:
Select empty project:
Your project should now be created.
To add a file:
Select C++ file and enter the file name:
Write a hello world program:
You are now ready to build your project.
Hit F7 or select build:
Hit F5 or select start debugging:
Your program should run: