Windows Phone 8 SDK requirements


What are the system requirements for the SDK?

Here are the system requirements for the Windows Phone 8 SDK

  • Supported operating systems: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 64-bit (x64) client versions
  • Hardware: 4 GB of free hard disk space, 4 GB RAM, 64-bit (x64) CPU
  • Windows Phone 8 Emulator: Windows 8 Pro edition or greater, a processor that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)

If you have already been developing for Windows Phone 7 note the new requirements

1. You need to be running a 64 bit Windows 8 OS to install the Windows Phone 8 SDK.

2. If you don’t meet the requirements for the Windows Phone 8 Emulator, the Windows Phone SDK 8.0 will install and run but the Windows Phone 8 Emulator will not function and you will not be able to deploy or test apps on the Emulator. see for details on SLAT

The emulator uses Hyper-V under SLAT so if you try to run a project in the emulator and Hyper-V is not enabled, you will be prompted to turn on Hyper-V. Turning on Hyper-V will require you to restart your computer.

What new APIs and features can I leverage?

If you visit the Windows Phone Dev Center you’ll find all documentation and samples for the Windows Phone 8 SDK.

Here are a couple of new features here just to whet your appetite

If your teaching or building app/games with the Windows Phone 7 SDK do I have to restart it?

No. Apps built for Windows Phone 7.5 still run on Windows Phone 8, so finish and publish the apps using your free developer account from via

If you want to leverage some of the new Windows 8 features, you can do that in your next release.

Additional Resources

Check out the following videos from Build 2012 on Windows Phone 8 Development

Comments (3)

  1. Kaushik says:

    Will it installed on a cpu having 2gb ram.


  2. Lee Stott says:

    Hi Kaushik

    4GB is required if you wish to run the Windows Phone Emulator see…/ff626524(v=vs.105).aspx

  3. cbm_vipin says:

    I have Windows 8 phone and windows 8 pro 64 bit installed on my c2d machine without SLAT support when i installed sdk for wp8 it gave unknown error. SDK was installed but when i started VS 2012 express it gives error that VS component missing. Can anyone please help me with this problem.

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