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As of the date of recording of this course update, the easiest way to get started with ASP.NET development is to go to this website, www.asp.net and click the big Downloads link. That takes you to the Downloads page, and there's a big button you can click here to run an installer that will install Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web, ASP.NET 4.5, and some other tools that you'll need. I'll click the Install Now button, and that offers to download and run an application called Vwdorvs11azurepack.exe. This is a customized version of the Web Platform Installer. Click the Run button, and you'll download and run the application automatically. If you see this user account control dialog, click Yes.
It will take a few moments to download and run the installer. It's inspecting the state of your application and deciding what software needs to be installed. On the primary screen, it tells you that it's installing something called the Windows Azure SDK for .NET, but what you're really installing is Visual Studio 2012 Express. To find out what software will be installed, click the Items to be Installed link. A list appears. The list on your computer might differ from mine, depending on what you already have installed or not installed. But minimally, you should see Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web. Click the Close button and then click the Install button and follow the rest of the prompts to install all of the software you need. It'll take a while because the Web Platform Installer has to download and then install each of the components. Once the installation is complete, you'll be able to open Visual Studio Express by going to the Windows Start menu and typing "VS" for Visual Studio. That will take you to the menu choice, and you'll be able to get started building your first ASP.NET web pages and dynamic web sites.
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