Here's a simple trick that lets you launch the Windows Phone 8 Emulator without using Visual Studio 2012. Hyper-V can be used to do it. The Windows Phone 8 emulator is a kind of VHD and we
will see how to launch Windows Phone 8 Emulator without using Visual Studio 2012.
Follow the below steps
1. Verify that you have installed the Windows Phone 8 SDK and also the prerequisites like Hyper-V on your Windows 8 PC.
2. Open "Command Prompt" in "Administrator" mode and then set the current directory to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft XDE\8.0”. This is the path if you have installed Windows Phone 8 SDK
on C: drive.
3. If the Windows Phone emulator is launched for the first time, you might need to prove the path to the Windows Phone 8 emulators installed by the Windows Phone 8 SDK. Launch the Flash.vhd file with the below sample command.
xde -vhd "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v8.0\Emulation\Images\Flash.vhd"
4. This will launch the Windows Phone 8 emulator and the Hyper-V settings will be configured accordingly.
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Thanks Ed once again ... Already preparing more interesting wiki articles for july ;)
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