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I downloaded the current version of Visual Studio to develop Windows Phone apps, but I don't know how to add XNA. I tried to install XNA, but it's not working with Visual Studio.

How can I use XNA with Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows?

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How install XNA 4.0 on Visual Studio 2013

  1. Download XNA 4.0 Refresh (Visual Studio 2013)
  2. Unzip archive
  3. Install DirectX from the archive
  4. Install Xna Framework 4.0 Redistribution from the archive
  5. Install Xna Game Studio 4.0 Platform Tools from the archive
  6. Install Xna Game Studio 4.0 Shared from the archive
  7. Install XNA Game Studio 4.0.vsix from the archive
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I recently found that codeplex project, extremely useful, no more installing VS 2010 after installing 2013 on new machines to install XNA. –  Cyral Apr 11 '14 at 0:05
Thanx. It's working. –  Homer_Simpson Apr 11 '14 at 8:37

In addition to using XNA Refresh, as mentioned in the other answer, you could also use a script to install XNA for you. It will automatically build part of VS 2010 temporarily, as I can only assume Refresh is doing, then delete it after it has installed XNA.

This script (both 64 and 32 bit versions) can be found here, and only requires Windows Powershell, which should be preinstalled.

(Disclaimer: this is not my script, but has worked successfully in the past. Happy Coding!)

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