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Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook by Richard Banks, Jeff Martin

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Creating installer packages

The release of Visual Studio 2012 marked the removal of the popular Visual Studio Installer project type. Just like 2012, Visual Studio 2013 offers a version of the third-party InstallShield. In this case: InstallShield Limited Edition.

The need for an installer depends on the type of application you are working on. 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 suggest you to either use the XCopy or the MSDeploy web deployment technology. When it comes to traditional desktop applications, you may want to use InstallShield. You can always fall back to using the WiX (Windows Installer ...

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