Generally I don't recommend starting with VS. It hides a lot of things that are helpful to learn, like linking things manually at least once (you'd be shocked how many people don't even know what linking is).
If you skip the basics, you'll regret it later trying to debug hard problems that stem from the build process and not your code (more common than you'd think with C/C++).
Better to do your hello world with notepad and the command line, if only for some perspective, then move onto the IDEs like VS. There's also the outside chance that he isn't using Windows, which would make gcc a good option.
Perhaps that answer might have been a better response as your first one? Your initial attempt was not at all helpful (IMHO).
So while I might agree.. at least I gave him something.