System requirements for the emulator for Windows Phone 8
[ This article is for Windows Phone 8 developers. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation. ]
The requirements described in this topic do not apply to the Windows Phone 7.1 Emulator. Windows Phone SDK 8.0 installs both the Windows Phone 8 Emulator and the Windows Phone 7.1 Emulator.
This topic contains the following sections.
Your computer must meet the following requirements:
To check the BIOS requirements, see How to enable Hyper-V for the emulator for Windows Phone 8.
To check requirements for RAM and Windows, in Control Panel, click System and Security, and then click System.
Your network must meet the following requirements:
For more info about networking in the Windows Phone 8 Emulator, see Windows Phone Emulator for Windows Phone 8.
To troubleshoot networking issues in the emulator, see the following topics.
For detailed info about how to check and enable the requirements for Hyper-V, see How to enable Hyper-V for the emulator for Windows Phone 8.
If you try to run an app on the Windows Phone 8 Emulator while you are running Windows from a bootable VHD, the emulator typically takes several minutes to start or fails to start. When the emulator fails to start, you see the following message: App deployment failed. Please try again.
This configuration is not supported. For information about related issues, see Troubleshooting the Windows Phone 8 Emulator.
On a hard drive configured with the NTFS file system, the virtual hard disk files used by Hyper-V must be uncompressed and unencrypted. Make sure that the following directories are not compressed or encrypted:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v8.0\Emulation\Images
On the ReFS file system, the virtual hard disk files must not have the integrity bit set.
The Windows Phone OS 7.1 emulator requires a DirectX 10 or later graphics card with a WDDM 1.1 or later driver. You can check whether your graphics card meets these requirements by running the DirectX Diagnostic Tool, dxdiag.exe.
After you start the tool, on the System tab, check the DirectX Version.
Then, on the Display tab, check the Driver Model.
To find answers and solve problems as you work with the tools in Windows Phone SDK 8.0, visit the Tools for Windows Phone Development forum. To see all the forums for Windows Phone development, visit Windows Phone Development Forums. To review other support options, visit MSDN Troubleshooting and Support.