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Get set up

John Kennedy|Last Updated: 7/21/2016
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It's easier than you think to get going. Follow these instructions and start creating Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps for Windows 10.


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1. Get Windows 10

To develop UWP apps, you need the latest version of Windows.

Are you an MSDN subscriber? You can get ISO downloads here:

2. Download or update Visual Studio

Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 helps you design, code, test, and debug your apps.

If you don't already have Visual Studio 2015, click this link to install the free Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2015. This download includes device and phone simulators for testing your apps:

When you install Visual Studio, use the custom option and make sure all Universal Windows App Development Tools options are selected, as shown here.

Visual Studio tools for UWP

3. Enable your device for development

It’s important to test your UWP apps on a real PCs and phones. Before you can deploy apps to your PC or Windows Phone, you have to enable it for development.

4. Register as an app developer

You can start developing apps now, but before you can submit them to the store, you need a developer account.

  • To get a developer account, go to the Sign up page.

What's next?

After you've installed the tools and gotten a developer license or a developer account, use our tutorials to create your first app:

Want more tools and downloads?

For the complete list of tools and downloads, see Downloads.

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