Installing the Windows Phone SDKs on Windows 8

If you have upgraded to the latest Windows 8 Release Preview, you may be asking if you can still develop Windows Phone applications.   Well, yes, you can!  There are just a few things to install:

If you want to use a full version of Visual Studio (not just the “Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone” that ships with the SDK), then start by installing Visual Studio 2010 SP1.  There are currently (today is 06/09/2012) no Windows Phone development tools for Visual Studio 2012 RC.  You don’t HAVE to install Visual Studio though because an express version is included with the Windows Phone SDK.

What to Install and in what order Where to Get it
01 – Games for Windows Live Client http://bit.ly/g4wlive
02 – Windows Phone 7.1 SDK http://bit.ly/wp71sdkdl
03 – Windows Phone 7.1.1 SDK Update Windows Phone 7.1.1 SDK Update

For an explanation of the above….

Before you install the Windows Phone SDK, you should first Install the Games for Windows Live client, this will fix problems with XNA libraries from the Windows Phone SDK not installing properly: http://bit.ly/g4wlive.  If you don’t plan on doing XNA development you could skip this step, but it only takes a few minutes and makes everything work, so why not do it?!

Next, Install the Windows Phone 7.1 SDK.  Go ahead and allow it to install, even if it complains about compatability issues: http://bit.ly/wp71sdkdl .

Finally, Install the Windows Phone 7.1.1 SDK Update.  This will allow the emulator to run on Windows 8 as well as allowing the emulator to run with a newer 256MB memory limit.: http://bit.ly/wp711sdkup

Enjoy!

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