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Device Emulator Configuration Files

Visual Studio 2008

Device Emulator Configuration (.decfg) files are XML files that contain settings that configure an instance of the device emulator. You can configure settings such as operating system image, skins, LCD screen resolution, and networking in a .decfg file. For a complete list of settings, see Device Emulator Configuration XML Schema Reference.

Use the Device Emulator Manager to start Device Emulator Configuration emulators. All .decfg files that are saved in "%USERPROFILE%\My Documents\My Device Emulators" ("%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Device Emulators" in Windows Vista) appear in the My Device Emulators node of the Device Emulator Manager. All .decfg files that are saved in "\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\All Device Emulators" ("\Users\Public\Documents\All Device Emulators" in Windows Vista) appear in the All Device Emulators node of the Device Emulator Manager. You can connect, disconnect, and cradle the Device Emulator Configuration emulators just like any Datastore emulator.

Use .decfg files and the Device Emulator Manager to manage custom emulator configurations and avoid long command-line arguments. For more information, see Device Emulator Manager.

You can also start Device Emulator Configuration emulators at a command prompt. For more information, see Device Emulator Command-Line Reference.

You can author .decfg files from scratch or from an existing .decfg file. To create a .decfg file from an existing emulator, right-click a running emulator in Device Emulator Manager and click Save As. Then use an XML editor to modify the .decfg file. For more information, see Device Emulator Configuration XML Schema Reference.

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