As usual Express editions are free but this time you can take this and sit in a remote location and install Visual Studio with no Internet connections. Yes we can download offline .iso to avoid download & install pain.
Please visit, http://www.microsoft.com/express/download/offline.aspx
After downloading you can write them in DVD. This version includes all the Express Editions.
So enjoy with this light-weight Visual Studio 2008 and have the magic. You can also install .iso by creating virtual drive by using utility such as Daemon.