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As announced on the Windows Phone Developer Blog and on the App Hub web site, the final version of the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 (formerly named the Windows Phone Developer Tools, and which includes the XNA Game Studio 4.0 Refresh as well) was released for download today.
Getting Started links
Here are links to help you get started installing and using the English version of the Windows Phone SDK 7.1:
Here are download links for non-English versions of the Windows Phone SDK 7.1:
Here are some links to documentation to help you get started using the Windows Phone SDK 7.1:
Here are some links if you run into questions or issues with the Windows Phone SDK 7.1:
How to install
Here are steps you can use to install the Windows Phone SDK 7.1:
If you encounter Windows Phone SDK 7.1 setup failures
If you run into an installation or uninstallation failure for the Windows Phone SDK 7.1, 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.
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 any release of the Windows Phone SDK or XNA Game Studio, you can use the cleanup tool described at http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/pages/9544320.aspx to remove the Windows Phone SDK or XNA Game Studio.
I recently received a .NET Framework update from Windows Update. It installed successfully, but Windows Update continues to offer this update to my computer afterwards. How can I get Windows Update to detect that this update is correctly installed on my computer?
In some cases, Windows Update can get confused and think that it needs to continue to offer an update to a computer even after it has been successfully installed. In this type of scenario, it can sometimes help to reboot your computer and then use the steps listed at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058 to reset the Windows Update components on your computer.
If Windows Update continues to offer an update to your computer even after resetting Windows Update components, then you might need to uninstall and re-install the product that the update applies to in order to cause Windows Update to correctly detect the installation state of the update.
As announced on the Building Windows 8 blog and on Jason Zander’s blog among other places, a developer preview of Windows 8 is available for download. One of the download options for the Windows 8 Developer Preview includes a pre-installed version of the developer tools, including Visual Studio 11 and .NET Framework 4.5 developer preview.
Here are some links to help you get started downloading and using the Windows 8 Developer Preview and the associated developer tools:
Rob Mensching posted some additional information on his blog about setup features in Visual Studio 11. There are a couple of key points that he mentioned in his post that I want to highlight here as well: