Missing InstallShield project template in Visual Studio for Windows Desktop

In the non-Express versions of Visual Studio for Windows Desktop, there is a project template called Setup and Deployment, which is listed under Other Project Types. Choosing this template provides a link to download and install InstallShield. Is there a way to add the Setup and Deployment template to Visual Studio Express 2012 or 2013 for Windows Desktop? If not, how do you deploy a VS Express application?
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Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger)PresidentCommented:
I don't think so.

If it was possible, you would be able to find it on the InstallShield site or through the Extensions and Update menu under Tools. Everything that is free outside is available in that menu option.
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MBaronganAuthor Commented:
Okay. I guess I have no choice but to purchase the full version of VS. Thanks.
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Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger)PresidentCommented:
You might have other choices, depending on the type of project and its needs as far as deployment is concerned.

For some applications, simply copying the compilation directory (bin) is sufficient.

For others, a ClickOnce deployment (the Publish tab in the project's Properties window) is the best approach. When I was still programming for different customers for a living (I am now teaching full time), this was my main way of distributing my applications.

This being said, I would read the EULA that is presented when you install your Express version. I am not sure that the licence that comes with the Express edition enables you to distribute your applications. This being said with reserve however, since I have always worked with the Professional or Premium versions for my Professional work.
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