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How To Run Windows Phone 7 Series Emulator Without Running Complete Visual Studio 2010

You can enjoy full realistic Windows Phone 7 Series emulation experience with pinch, zoom and touch capability if you have a touch display. If you want to run Windows Phone 7 series emulator without pain of running complete Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 IDE then here is a short tutorial through which you can run this emulator directly.

Windows Phone 7 Series
Note: I am assuming that you have installed Microsoft SDKs and Microsoft XDE for Windows Phone 7 in C:\ drive. If you have installed them on any other location then navigate to that location accordingly during the following steps.
Windows Phone 7 Emulator

Steps To Run Windows Phone 7 Emulator Without Running Complete MS VS 2010

  • Install development tools for Windows Phone 7 Series (Including Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows phone) from here
  • Now navigate to C:\Program Files\Microsoft XDE\1.0\ and for look for the executable named xde.exe, its the executable for Windows Phone 7 emulator.
  • If you will double click on xde.exe, it won't start the emulator. You can use it by passing certain command line parameters as follows:
    1. Assuming that you are in C:\Program Files\Microsoft XDE\1.0\, hold down SHIFT key, right-click and choose "Open command windows here" from the context menu.
    2. WP7S Emulator

    3. Now use the following command at command line as shown in the screenshot below
    4. xde.exe C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\WindowsPhone\v7.0\Emulation\Images\WM70C1.bin

WP7S Emulator CMD
Thats it! Enjoy complete Windows Phone 7 Series emulation experience without starting Visual Studio 2010.

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    Sajandev9 years, 8 months ago

    Mine is Windows 7 OS, Installation happend automatically at C:Program Files (x86) location not at C:Program Files folder. Hence I tried with the below command in the command prompt, that didn’t work.
    xde.exe C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft SDKsWindowsPhonev7.0EmulationImagesWM70C1.en-US.bin
    I don’t see WM70C1.bin but found WM70C1.en-US.bin at C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft SDKsWindowsPhonev7.0EmulationImages

    Please advice

    Sajandev C S

    George Birbilis10 years, 7 months ago

    Image I see is WM70C1.en-US.bin