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How to open Visual studio 2010 express edition for Windows phone 7?

If you had initially installed Visual studio 2010 for window 7 phone CTP and are now facing problem to open the Visual studio 2010 express edition for windows 7 phone then this article is for you .

I had earlier installed the CTP version of Visual studio 2010 for window 7 phone and then with the release of the final product I installed the visual studio 2010 windows phone 7 express edition.

Uninstalling CTP is a necessity for installing Visual studio 2010 for window phone 7 express edition. My express edition executable was successfully installed as per the pop up from the installer. However, I did not see a shortcut to open the visual studio 2010 express for windows 7 phone. There was no entry created in the WINDOWS PHONE DEVELOPER TOOLS start menu option either.

However, after the successful installation, the pop up had asked me to open the application. When I clicked OK after checking the option to open the visual studio 2010 express edition for windows phone 7, it opened expired Visual studio 2010 ultimate edition. But since the key had expired, I could not proceed to open the visual studio 2010 ultimate edition and hence the Visual studio 2010 express edition for windows 7 phone.

Solution: Go to the following folder to find the exe: VPDExpress.exe at the location
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE
Right click the exe and you can pin the short cut to your taskbar, start menu or even add the short cut to the WINDOWS PHONE DEVELOPER TOOLS start menu.

Click the shortcut or double click the file at location: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\VPDExpress.exe

Learnings:

  1. Visual studio 2010 express edition for windows 7 phone get's installed and is integrated into the highest version of the Visual studio 2010. Even if expired Ultimate edition is installed then the template for windows phone 7 application is installed in Ultimate and not in express edition.
  2. To open the application in this scenario, use this shortcut: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\VPDExpress.exe





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