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As announced on the Windows Phone Developer Blog, a Windows Phone Developer Tools (WPDT) CTP Refresh (which includes an XNA Game Studio 4.0 CTP Refresh as well) was released for download today.
Getting Started links
Here are links to help you get started installing and using the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh:
Please make sure to look at the Breaking Changes section of the release notes – there are a few key issues there that you will need to keep in mind if you have projects created with the WPDT CTP, including the following:
The primary reason for the CTP Refresh is to support Windows Phone development in the final release of Visual Studio 2010 instead of in the VS 2010 RC. For an overall list of what’s new in the CTP Refresh, I encourage you to take a look at the links in this blog post and this MSDN topic.
The CTP Refresh includes the following XNA Game Studio 4.0 changes:
How to install
Here are steps you can use to install the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh
If you encounter Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh setup failures
If you run into an installation or uninstallation failure for the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP, you can use the log collection tool to gather your setup log files. This log collection tool will create a file named %temp%\vslogs.cab.
This tool does not gather XNA Game Studio 4.0 setup log files, so if your setup failure is caused by the XNA Game Studio 4.0 component, you’ll need to gather those logs separately by zipping up all of the logs in the folder named %temp%\XNA Game Studio 4.0 Setup\Logs.
Once you have gathered your setup log files, you can upload them to a file server of your choice (such as http://skydrive.live.com), and post a link to the log files in the forums to get additional support.
If you run into uninstallation issues with the WPDT CTP or the CTP Refresh, you can use the cleanup tool described at http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/pages/9544320.aspx to remove XNA Game Studio or the Windows Phone Developer Tools.