• Sometimes you need to start the WP8 emulator outside of VS.
  • For example when developing web sites and testing them in the mobile version of Internet Explorer.


  • Here's the command that you can store in a shortcut:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft XDE\8.0\XDE.exe" /vhd "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v8.0\Emulation\Images\Flash.vhd" /video "720x1280" /memsize 1024 /language 409 /creatediffdisk "%Temp%\dd.720x1280.1024.vhd" /fastShutdown


  • The parameter "creatediffdisk" is important.
  • Without it, the emulator will start but it will require admin privileges.
  • If you start it with admin privileges, it will modify the VHD image file in the installation folder.
  • The modified VHD may get damaged and may not start from VS anymore.
  • If the VHD gets damaged, repair the installation or replace the VHD files with original ones.
  • Run "XDE.exe /?" for more details about the parameters.