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As announced on the Windows 8 app developer blog, Somasegar’s blog and Jason Zander’s blog, the final versions of Windows 8, the .NET Framework 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012 are now available for developers to download. Here is some information to help you get started installing and using these releases.
Here are links to help you get started downloading Windows 8:
Here are links to help you get started downloading the .NET Framework 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012:
Here are links to help you get started using Windows 8:
Here are links to help you get started using the .NET Framework 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012:
Important note about installing Visual Studio 2012 on Windows 8
The .NET Framework 4.5 is included as a part of Windows 8, and Visual Studio 2012 requires the .NET Framework 4.5 as a prerequisite. You can only install the final version of Visual Studio 2012 on the final version of Windows 8 because the final version of Windows 8 is the only one that includes the final version of the .NET Framework 4.5. This means you cannot install pre-release versions of Visual Studio 2012 on the final version of Windows 8, and you also cannot install the final version of Visual Studio 2012 on pre-release versions of Windows 8.
Notes about XNA Game Studio and Windows Phone development
If you plan to develop games and applications using XNA Game Studio and/or the Windows Phone SDK, there are a couple of important notes to keep in mind:
I have posted an updated version of the .NET Framework cleanup tool that supports cleaning up the .NET Framework 4.5. It has also been updated to correctly recognize when it is running on Windows 8. There is more information about how to download and use the .NET Framework cleanup tool in the user’s guide at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/astebner/archive/2008/08/28/8904493.aspx.
As always, if you run into any issues or have any feedback about the .NET Framework cleanup tool, please let me know by posting a comment on one of my blog posts or using the contact form.