Part 9: Overview of the Windows Phone 8 Emulator

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    Shaikh Ejaz

    What if I dont have windows 8 as Operating System?
    Can I use any desktop emulator to test my app.?

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    BobTabor

    @Shaikh Ejaz: Possibly, but I can't recommend it.  You could try creating a Virtual Machine and running Windows 8 inside of that provided it meets all the other criteria.  However, again, can't recommend it.  Try at your own risk.

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    Shenzhongwei

    In 'the Lumia 610 is an inexpensive entry level Windows Phone 8 device which sports only 256MB of RAM', sports might be supports.

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    Clint

    @Shenzhongwei: in the US, that is "sports" slang for "has".

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    Clint

    @Shenzhongwei: and actually this is a mistake here.  Lumia 610 is an entry level WP 7.5 phone, WP 8 phones sport a minimum of 512 MB of RAM.  An example of this is a Lumia 520 or 620.

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    Rida221

    Hi there! I am unable to access the internet on my emulator please can you point out how I can do that?

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    Clint

    @Rida221:  Try this, delete the virtual network switches and relaunch the emulator.  (Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections), you'll see stuff with "vEthernet"

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    stevewp8dev

    Thanks Bob, for the thorough runthrough.  The tip about using your hardware keyboard is great.

    Question about leaving emulator running while coding.  Is there a setting somewhere I need to adjust, to tell Visual Studio not to block the code editing ?  I literally can't type anything in the code while my emulator is running.

    I have a Win 8 Pro, SLAT supported, etc..PC  (of course, or the emulator wouldn't run). And working on a WP8 app.  Using Visual Studio 2012 Express.

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    Clint
    @stevewp8dev: betting your app is still running. Hit the stop button in the toolbar. Vs is running your app with the debugger attached so you can do break points.
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    stevewp8dev

    Oh gosh. yeah that simple thing was it.    Thanks Clint!

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    Ahd

    it is possible to emulate my WP7 app on WP8 device like lumia 820 ?

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    BobTabor

    @Ahd: I'm not sure.  Never tried that.  It would be easy enough to try (and quickly fail ... if it doesn't work).  Good luck!

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    Clint

    @Ahd: it can.  look at the Coding4Fun Toolkit.  I have both a wp7 and wp8 testing application in it.  WP7 applications are fully backwards compatible with WP8

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    WSims

    A couple of questions if I may,

    I too have the 920, My windows 8 desktop is not the pro version so I use my phone as the debug device, Is there a risk of bricking my 920 doing so?

    Also if I do upgrade to the pro version, and my LapTop being a touch screen will this allow me to use the emulator in the same manner as the windows phone tap, hold, swipe, long hold and other gestures that are part of the windows phone 8 operating system?

    and sorry but last

    Does the emulator update to the latest version of current Windows Phone 8 O.S, for example I updated my phone not long ago to Lumia Amber which made for some pretty drastic changes in available behaviors such as going from only having something like a 10 minute screen timeout to always on.

    This is most likely the reason why it is suggested that an app be tested on a real device and not just an emulator but I wondered just how updated the EM was compared to the current version of windows phone 8 operating software?

    But I have to admit my biggest concern is bricking my phone My wife would KILL me if I destroyed it.!

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    Clint

    @WSims

    1. You don't need Pro if you are deploying directly to a phone.  Pro edition gives Hyper-V which allows virtualization tech that the emulator runs in.
    2. For multi-touch, yup, it will.  I just verified on my Lenovo X1
    3. you dev unlock your phone and just allows you to sideload applications, it won't mess it up.  I've been doing this on a ton of different window phones for years.  Smiley
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    Mahesh

    I am not able to access internet from windows phone 8 emulator , I tried all possible ways as shown in this link http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13159947/windows-phone-8-emulator-cant-connect-to-the-internet

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    Aman

    Hi Bob,

    Just wanted to know -- my computer's hardware doesn't support the emulator, so I only use my HTC 8X to test on. Can I skip this video and not miss anything important?

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    BobTabor

    @Aman: Just scan the text / picture above to make sure there's nothing you want to see, but yes, I think you could safely skip this.

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    ahsan123

    can i watch next tutorials cuzz i have no  physical windows phone device !!!

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    BobTabor

    @ahsan123: Yes, it is possible to follow this course with just the phone.  It certainly will not be as convenient, but it is an option.

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    Sam Solomon Prabu S D

    I'm getting problem in downloading High Quality MP4 video. I downloaded all other videos except this one. Kindly help me to solve this problem. Thanks in advance.

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    dagwoodbenn​ett

    What are the limitations of the emulator in terms of the API set for WP8? For example I have been trying to write an app that uses the Microsoft.Phone.Net.NetworkInformation namespace classes (DeviceNetworkInformation, NetworkInterface, NetworkInterfaceInfo, etc) to try to log info on what network I am using and the capabilities of the network (bandwidth, speed, latency, connection type, etc) but I'm finding these don't appear to work in the emulator.... Is there documentation that covers this (if yes, then a link would be great)... thanks!

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    gurudubey

    sir my emulator is not loading OS pleas sir will you point me in right direction so that I can sort it out.......

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    huunghi

    please help me. My virtual machine is not connected to wifi. using Visual Studio 2013.

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    jmjob

    I am concern about my pc memory size needed. I just bought a new ultrabook especially for developing and it has "only" 4GB memory. The emulator does not open because it says that the memory is not enough. How many minimal memory this emulator will be able to run?

    Now I run all by the device.

    BTW Congratulation your tutorial is well done and very interesting. I like the text following the video (below).

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    DaleL487

    Love the tutorials, find them so easy to follow (Currently doing the most recent C# Fundamentals for Beginners, but want to get to this one ASAP.)

    Would you recommend the emulator or an actual WP8 device for testing the apps?

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    Banny

    @DaleL487: Yes Dale487, you are right. This emulator very good for testing the apps.

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