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The Windows Phone Developer Tools are not officially supported on operating systems other than Windows Vista or Windows 7. In between the CTP and the CTP Refresh, a block was added to setup to prevent installing on Windows Server 2008 to help enforce this support limitation. I’ve heard from some folks who were using the original CTP on Windows Server 2008 who cannot move forward to the CTP Refresh or the final release because of this block.
There is a way you can work around the Windows Server 2008 setup block if needed. Please note that this is not officially supported, so if you try these steps, you are doing so at your own risk.
<update date="9/17/2010"> Added an emphasis on steps 4 and 8 - setup will fail if you don't pass in the /web switch when using these steps. Also updated the steps for the final RTW build of Windows Phone Developer Tools. </update>
That's great for SDK 7.1, but the SDK 8.0 installation seems be be structured differently. How about installing Windows Phone SDK 8.0 on a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine, at least a stripped-down installation for a TFS build server?
Hi HikerJohn - The Windows Phone SDK 8.0 doesn't have a block on server OS's like the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 does.
seems to also apply to SDK7.1 from
This works fine for me. But when I open VS 2010 for Windows Phone and create a windows phone app it asking me to install Windows SDK 7.1 and when I try to install Windows SDK 7.1 it is checking for my operating system and throw an error saying Windows 7 or higher versions needed.
Hi Gopala - I haven't heard of this type of error before. What is the exact download link you're using for the Windows SDK 7.1?