6 Steps to Windows Phone 8 Development

I've done web development on Macs and PCs for years; however, the release of the Nokia Lumia 920, and Windows Phone 8 has seriously intrigued me.

I really see it as a new opportunity that my company can be on the forefront of.

I've played around with native iOS app development (see JobGizmo); however, iOS has never really been my visual and ux style, and with the wide open terrain of Windows 8, I just couldn't resist trying to get my hands dirty. With that said, I've jumped headfirst into Windows Phone 8 Development, and would like to provide a list of steps for those who would like to follow the same path. if this list were out for me, maybe it would have made my transition less of a headache  (although, truthfully, it wasn't THAT bad).

Step 1.

Acquire a pc that has a 64-bit CPU.

I purchased a Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 at Best Buy.

Step 2.

Install Windows 8 Pro.

The Yoga 13 came with regular Windows 8, so I purchased a hard copy of Windows 8 Pro along with the laptop (again, from Best Buy). After about a day of back and forth, I realized that I did NOT have to do a full disk install to get Windows 8 Pro activated. All you have to do is navigate to the System window, click on the link that says something like "Get more features with a new edition of Windows" and then enter in the serial number that came in the Windows 8 Pro box. It's really easy. Go through the prompts. Your system will restart numerous times. Just hang in there.

Step 3.

Turn on Hyper-V.

Hyper-V is a feature that allows Windows 8 Pro to run multiple operating systems simultaneously. In order to run the Windows Phone Emulator, Hyper-V has to be enabled. It is disabled by default. In order to enable it, follow the steps at the following link: http://noelarlante.com/how-to-install-hyper-v-in-windows-8-pro-and-lenovo-w530/

Step 4.

Download the Windows Phone 8 SDK.

The SDK can be found here: http://dev.windowsphone.com/en-us

Step 5.

Download Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone 8.

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone 8 can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/products/visual-studio-express-for-windows-phone

tip: You'll have to go through Microsoft's developer registration process in order to have a non-expiring copy.

Step 6.

Make sure to save your development projects on a hard drive partition different than the hard drive partition you've installed Visual Studio on. For some reason, Visual Studio has a problem building a project that is on the same hard drive. Go figure. My Lenovo came with two partitions, 1. the C Drive, and 2. a D Drive, which is a separate partition. All my computer programs get installed on the C Drive. I created a Projects folder on the D Drive, and worked out of that directory for any files created from Visual Studio.

I hope these 6 steps are clear enough to assist you in getting started with Windows Phone 8 development. I would suggest to play around with some of the tutorials found in the Visual Studio Express start page, and on dev.windowsphone.com.

Feel free to leave a comment, or contact my company if you have any questions.


  1. tkrasinger says:

    Hi, i bought an yoga with i7 and we installed win8pro instead of the preinstalled win8. But I am facing Problems with almost every install of VS. I can’t complete the win8sdk install because it says the event-protocoll is full (which I cleared before installing). Allthough it says Installation is complete but I can’t start any WP8 Project. The Emulator starts, then needs some minutes to start the os, and after some time an error pops up saying that connecting to the Emulator won’t work. The Emulator starts the OS but the empty Project I created won’t Show up …

  2. Avery says:

    Gotta be honest with ya, Tobias, I’m currently developing on Android right now. Haven’t touch W8 in a while so I’m not sure how to best respond here. Hope you’re able to figure this one out!

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