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How Do You Run a Windows Phone 8.1 App?

You can run from an executable

You can run from Visual Studio 2013 Express for Windows Update 2 if you have the source code. In case you have only the XAP file you can run using the XAPDeploye.exe (61KB)tool which you can find in:

/Program files(x86)/Microsoft SDKs/Windows Phone/v8.0/Tools/XAP Deployment folder.

Well, what is XAP?

XAP is the file format used to install application software on Windows Phone 7.5/8 platforms and Silverlight Applications. This will change in Windows 8.1. You can look at the contents of an XAP file by renaming (by changing .XAP to .ZIP as it is ZIP formatted file) it.

Read about my XAP article here:
http://aspalliance.com/1844_DoubleAnimation_Basics_with_Silverlight_Application

Using XapDeploy.exe tool you can deploy to a connected device or a chosen emulator (choose emulator from drop-down list)


Double click this file (in Windows 8.1 search yo can also lok for Application Development) and the User Interface will be displayed as shown:



Select the device (a Windows 8.1 Phone connected to the laptop) or one of the emulators from the following list:


Browse and find the file with the extension .xap and click Deploy.


The Emulator gets displayed and the App gets deployed. You have to run XapDeploy.exe in elevated mode(Admin credentials using Run As Administrator). The whole process may take considerable time keep watching the Status of Deployment at the bottom of the Application Deployment Window.

Here is my Honolulu app deployed to the emulator.


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Jayaram Krishnaswamy is a technical writer, mostly writing articles that are related to the web and databases. He is the author of SQL Server Integration Services published by Packt Publishers in the UK. His book, 'Learn SQL Server Reporting Services 2008' was also published by Packt Publishers Inc, Birmingham. 3. "Microsoft SQL Azure Enterprise Application Development" (Dec 2010) was published by Packt Publishing Inc. 4. "Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Business Application Development [Paperback] "(2011) was published by Packt Publishing Inc. 5. "Learning SQL Server Reporting Services 2012 [Paperback]" (June 2013) was Published by Packt Publishing Inc. Visit his blogs at: http://hodentek.blogspot.com http://hodentekHelp.blogspot.com http://hodnetekMSSS.blogspot.com http://hodnetekMobile.blogspot.com He writes articles on several topics to many sites.