Sunday, April 14, 2013

Setting Up Environment Configuration of Windows Phone 8 development

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A very common and simple blog today.
"Setting Up Environment Configuration of Windows Phone 8 development"

Your first task when it comes to Windows Phone development is getting your development environment up and running. It’s a three step process:
Install Windows 8
  • Windows 8 Pro edition or greater is required
  • Your machine must have a processor that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
Install Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone
  1. Web Installer – this is a small initial download that will download the necessary components during the installation process. Download at
  1. Disk Image (iso) – This is the full installer, no additional downloads are required. Download at
Optional: Join the Windows Phone Dev Center

You can’t create Windows Phone apps on anything but a 64 bit version of Windows 8. There are two additional requirements for running the Windows Phone 8 emulator:
What this means is that you can’t run a Windows Phone 8 development inside of a virtual machine. This is due to the Hyper-V technology used in the Windows Phone emulator.
For installing Windows 8 you have several options. If you’re running a Windows 7 machine, you can either upgrade your existing install, create a separate partition for you Windows 8 install, or create a bootable vhd with Windows 8 (this is not the same as running inside of a virtual machine).

Download and install Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone from Visual Studio is the IDE, similar to Eclipse, that you’ll use for creating Windows Phone applications. Please note, there are a five Visual Studio Express products available. Make sure you download and install the one specifically for Windows Phone.
There are two options for installation, a web installer and a disk image. A description of each is below, choose the one that works best for you:
If you already have a different edition of Visual Studio Express installed on your machine don’t worry, Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone will install just fine with it.
After you install Visual Studio you can try it free for up 30 days. After 30 days you must register to obtain a free product key for ongoing use. Just remember, it’s free as long as you register. You can register at

This step is not required to start developing Windows Phone applications. However, if you want to test your apps on Windows Phone hardware and submit your apps to the Windows Phone Store, you must register for a Windows Phone Dev Center account. You can learn more about the Windows Phone Dev Center and register at
That’s it! You’re good to go. In the next lesson you’ll learn how to create your first Windows Phone 8 App. 

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