In case you haven’t heard, Visual Studio 2012 Express Edition does not support development for the desktop, only for the Windows 8 Metro interface. You can only build desktop applications with the Professional edition or above.
Because of the hue and cry raised by early testers, including many Microsoft MVPs, Microsoft decided to release a separate product: Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop. This free edition lets you build desktop applications in Visual Studio 2012.
For more information about the release of this edition, see the Visual Studio Blog post Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop is Here.
To download this release, go here.