How to launch the Windows Phone Emulator without Visual Studio

Here’s a simple trick that lets you launch the Windows Phone 8 Emulator without using Visual Studio 2012.

It’s quite simple:

Open “Command Prompt” in Administrator mode (right click on it on the Start page icon, choose Run as administrator)

Launch the emulator using the following command (with quotes): "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft XDE\8.0\xde" -vhd "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v8.0\Emulation\Images\Flash.vhd"

This will launch the Windows Phone emulator so you can easily test you mobile website without going through Visual Studio. As a rule of thumb, Internet Explorer for Windows Phone behaves like its desktop counterpart, but you should still test it just to be sure.

One comment on “How to launch the Windows Phone Emulator without Visual Studio

  1. Hii. im tried the code. im having no kind of error but it is not launching the emulator though. here is my code:

    C:\Windows\system32>cd..

    C:\Windows>cd..

    C:>cd “Program Files”

    C:\Program Files>cd “Microsoft XDE”

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft XDE>cd 1.0

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft XDE\1.0>xde.exe

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft XDE\1.0>xde “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows
    Phone\v7.0\Emulation\Images\WM70C1.en-US.bin”

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft XDE\1.0>

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