Running the Windows Phone Emulator on Windows 8.1 Preview

Running the Windows Phone Emulator on Windows 8.1 Preview

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With Windows 8.1 Preview now available, we would like to highlight a compatibility issue with the Windows Phone Emulator included in the Windows Phone SDK 8.0. When you start the Windows Phone 8.0 emulator in Visual Studio 2012 on Windows 8.1, the following dialog may appear to indicate a compatibility issue:


To resolve the issue, you need to install Visual Studio 2012 Update 3, which updates the emulator to properly work with Windows 8.1 Preview. You can install the update either before you upgrade to Windows 8.1 Preview or after, but you’ll need to have it installed before you can use the emulator again.

To install Visual Studio 2012 Update 3, you can either download it from Microsoft Download Center, or you can install it within the Visual Studio 2012 environment using the following steps:

  1. Open Visual Studio 2012.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Extensions and Updates.
  3. In the Extensions and Update dialog, click to expand the Updates tab, and then click Product Updates.
  4. Locate and install Visual Studio 2012 Update 3.

Regardless of which update path you take, you can kick off the upgrade and grab a coffee (or, in my case, a Slurpee because of the current heat) and let it run for a while. After it completes, it’ll prompt you to restart your machine and you’re emulator will launch again just fine!

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  • @mescwb - My understanding with the Windows 8.1 automatic update option is that it's an optional feature (set in the 'App updates' section of the Windows Store settings). Whether or not the feature for a device Store is a good thing is almost a religious discussion. Myself, I like to control which apps get updates (e.g., I still haven't updated my WP8 YouTube app  0.o ), as I like to control what comes down to my devices. On the flip side, my wife has been wanting/asking for a feature like this for a long time - she tends to only get updates when I go into her 'Store' app and tell it to accept the 17+ updates that are there at any given time.

    All of that being said (about Windows  ^_^ ), thanks for taking the time to weigh in over on the consumer UV site - that type of feedback is great to help inform the teams on what our customers want and need from a platform.

  • Sven
    54 Posts

    @Zartan That would make sense if Apple starts letting people run iOS apps on MacBooks. Apple's tablets aren't PCs (though we can argue at length about what constitutes a tablet OS) they are big phones. Same with Android. There are no Android PCs, just phones and bigger phones. Unless you count Chrome OS as a PC OS. Windows is a full fledged PC OS, even RT, with it's full Office Suite elements. There may come a time when the core and developer tools are such that an app can be reasonably developed once and compiled for all three form factors and hardware architectures but we aren't there yet. Best you might get right now is an emulator/virtual machine thing, like XP on Win7 or BlueStacks, but I think MS is really envisioning more direct compatibility at some point.

  • mescwb
    0 Posts

    Hi Cliff perhaps you can help me on this. I standed terrified after reading in businessinsider that applications will autoupdate in Windows 8.1. This is a HUGE privacy and security matter and I've posted this in the WP suggestion box ( because I and many others opted by WPs because they would be more secure than Android ones, security brought by "being in control" of whav

  • Zartan
    22 Posts

    How about giving consumers a way to buy and run phone apps on 8.1, as you can do on iPad and Android?

  • Markx
    0 Posts

    useful , i experienced this thing earlier . i will bookmark the page for future reference.

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