I would like to create installers for some of my software packages, so I am attempting to use the Visual Studio Add-On known as Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Installer Projects Extension. However, I am not having much luck. Upon running the installer I get the following message:

Microsoft Visual Studio is required, but it is not installed on this computer. Please install it and retry.

I do not understand why I would get this message, when I indeed have Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Express for Windows Desktop installed on my computer. Here is the window when the issue happens:

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    You need to switch to the Community edition of Visual Studio – Ramhound Jul 25 '16 at 13:29
  • @Ramhound Okay, and do you know why? – Snoop Jul 25 '16 at 13:30
  • VS Express Edition do not support extensions. As mentioned above install the Community Edition. – User552853 Jul 25 '16 at 13:31
  • Just a quick question, is it legal to deploy apps with community edition? – Snoop Jul 25 '16 at 13:32
  • @StevieV - As for the reason, because what your trying to install, requires it. Why question the answer you get? – Ramhound Jul 25 '16 at 13:35

You are trying to install Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Installer Projects

Arrow pointing to Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Installer Projects

But you should install vs_community file inside VS2015 Community Edition\vs2015.com_enu

Arrow pointing to Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 vs_community

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