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The XNA Game Studio component that ships with the Windows Phone SDK 8.0 has a setup bug that causes some of the project templates to be installed to an incorrect location if Visual Studio 2012 or the Windows Phone SDK 8.0 is installed to a non-default path. If you run into this issue, you can use the following steps to restore the missing project templates.
If you are using Visual Studio 2012 Professional, Premium or Ultimate:
If you are using Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows Phone:
The Windows Phone SDK 8.0 supports XNA Windows Phone game projects that target Windows Phone OS 7.1. It does not support XNA Windows Phone game projects that target Windows Phone OS 7.0. However, it does not block you from trying to open XNA projects that target Windows Phone OS 7.0. Instead, it will allow you to open the projects and try to build them, and then you will see error messages about missing reference assemblies.
In order to open and use your XNA projects that target Windows Phone OS 7.0 in the Windows Phone SDK 8.0, you must first upgrade them to target Windows Phone OS 7.1. You can perform this upgrade in one of the following ways: