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Visual Studio 2013 Express for Windows Update 3 may present this problem

In the previous posts we looked at installing Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 here,
http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/08/visual-studio-2013-update-3-is-now.html

and Visual Studio 2013 Express for Windows Update 3 here.
http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/08/windows-store-developers-get-this.html

The latter is the tool to develop Windows Store Universal Apps. In addition to the above if you install Web App Template of correct version as described here:

http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/06/web-app-template-2.html

you should be able to create Web Apps (convert your web site to an app) as described here:

http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/06/web-app-template-3-convert-your-blog-to.html

Problem
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In this post the following problem occured when Update 3 was applied to an existing Visual Studio 2103 Express for Windows Update 2 with Web App Template extensions installed.

1. When a new project was created there were no Web App Template
However by going to Tools | Extensions and Updates.. did show two installers available, Web_App_Template_installer versiosn 1.1 and 2.0 but they could not installed because there were only two options disable/uninstall


Solution
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Solution was found after interacting with the ASP.NET Forums. The suggested cure was to delete several files below in the following folder:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE\PrivateAssemblies
  • Microsoft.VisualStudio.Web.WindowsAzure.Contracts.dll
  • Microsoft.VisualStudio.Web.WindowsAzure.Explorer.dll
  • Microsoft.VisualStudio.Web.Internal.Contracts.dll
  • Microsoft.VisualStudio.Web.WindowsAzure.Impl.dll  (should not present, just in case
  • Microsoft.VisualStudio.Web.WindowsAzure.pkgdef  (should not present, just in case)
In the present computer only two files were present:

Microsoft.VisualStudio.Web.WindowsAzure.Contracts.dll
Microsoft.VisualStudio.Web.Internal.Contracts.dll

These were moved over to a different location (just in case!) and the VS2013 was restarted, the templates appeared in the New Project window as shown:

These are the template files presently available in Visual Studio 2013 Express for Windows Update 3:
Web App Template for Universal Apps -Ver 1.2
Web-App-Template -ver 1.1

In the Tools | Extensions and Updates..., the two files mentioned previously remains with the same options disable/uninstall

Follow the threads on ASP.NET forums here:
http://forums.asp.net/t/2001792.aspx

and here:

http://forums.asp.net/p/2002409/5755988.aspx?After+installing+Update+3+the+Web+App+Template+disappeared

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