Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saving state in Windows Phone 8 emulator



1. Export virtual machine just in case something bad happens.

2. Run your app from Visual Studio as you normally do OR open the emulator from Hyper-V

3. IMPORTANT: If you started emulator from Visual Studio, close Visual Studio, right click on the virtual machine and click Reset. This will make the virtual machine snapshot you will save next usable from Visual Studio.

4. Customize the Windows Phone OS as you want

5. Create a snapshot

6. Rename the snapshot with the same name as the parent (for example: ‘snapshot.720x1280.1024’)

7. Delete parent (DO NOT select Delete Snapshot Subtree)

9. Run emulator from Visual Studio.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Windows Phone versions, Windows and Visual Studio versions

On are listed all the Windows Phone SDKs.


SDK 7.1

Targets devices with Windows Phone 7.0 and Windows Phone 7.5

Windows® Vista® (x86 and x64) with Service Pack 2 – all editions except Starter Edition

Windows 7 (x86 and x64) – all editions except Starter Edition

Visual Studio 2010 SP1


SDK 8.0

Targets devices with Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5

Windows 8 64-bit (x64) client versions

Windows Phone 8 Emulator:

Windows 8 Pro edition or greater

Requires a processor that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)

Visual Studio 2012


SDK 7.8

Adds two new emulator images to your existing Windows Phone SDK installation. This update supports both the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 and the Windows Phone SDK 8.0. Using this update, you can provide the Windows Phone 8 Start screen experience in your Windows Phone 7.5 apps. You can also test how your apps will run on Windows Phone 7.8 devices.

It’s for both SDK 7.1 or SDK 8 to enable developing for Windows Phone 7.5