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Visual Studio 2012 Cookbook by Richard Banks

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Creating installer packages

With the release of Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft announced that the Visual Studio Installer project template would no longer ship with Visual Studio and, true to their word, there is no Visual Studio Installer project in Visual Studio 2012.

So, what are you meant to do if you need to create an installer package for your application?

If you are creating a Windows Store app then you don't need an installer, as the new deployment model makes installers obsolete. If you are creating a web application then Microsoft would prefer you either use XCopy deployment or the MSDeploy web deployment technology, which means installers are only required for desktop applications, and even for those there's the Click Once deployment technology ...

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