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Since XNA Game Studio 4.0 and the Windows Phone Developer Tools shipped a couple of weeks ago, I’ve run into some common questions about the supported OS and Visual Studio matrix, so I decided to try to create a couple of tables to better illustrate what XNA Game Studio 4.0 functionality you can use where and provide a little more detail about the install scenarios.
XNA Game Studio 4.0 – how to install
You can download and install XNA Game Studio 4.0 two different ways:
1. As an integrated part of the Windows Phone Developer Tools
2. As a standalone XNA Game Studio 4.0 package
The following tables provide different views into what functionality is supported where.
XNA Game Studio 4.0 – Supported Visual Studio editions
The following table shows what type of games you can develop with XNA Game Studio 4.0 in what editions of Visual Studio 2010.
In the table above, Yes* means that the scenario is supported, but only if you install the Windows Phone Developer Tools. It is not supported if you only install the standalone XNA Game Studio 4.0 product.
XNA Game Studio 4.0 – Supported operating systems
The following table shows what type of games you can develop with XNA Game Studio 4.0 on what versions of Windows.
Windows Phone Developer Tools and Visual Studio editions
Windows Phone Developer Tools setup will always install Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone (vpdexpress.exe), even if you already have another edition of Visual Studio 2010 installed. If you have Visual Studio 2010 Professional, Premium or Ultimate installed, WPDT setup will add Windows Phone development features to those editions of Visual Studio 2010 as well.
WPDT setup has somewhat confusing logic about what shortcuts it creates for Visual Studio 2010 editions. If it detects that you to not have Visual Studio 2010 Professional, Premium or Ultimate installed, it will create a shortcut to Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone (vpdexpress.exe). If it detects that you do have Visual Studio 2010 Professional, Premium or Ultimate installed, it will not create a shortcut to Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone (vpdexpress.exe), but it is still installed behind the scenes in case you want to use it. Regardless of what start menu shortcuts appear after installation, you can launch the supported Visual Studio 2010 editions for XNA Game Studio 4.0 development directly from the following locations (these locations assume that you have installed Visual Studio 2010 to the default location):
Note – in the paths above, you should substitute %ProgramFiles(x86)% for %ProgramFiles% if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows.
Here I use the Visual Studio what version of XNA deveriausar send me the link please and my computer and Windows 7 Profisional have a problem?
Hi Luan - I'm sorry, but I don't understand your question. Are you trying to install XNA Game Studio on Windows 7 and running into setup errors?