Run Windows Phone 8 emulator on VMware

This setup is using VMware Player 5.0.2

  1. Download Windows 8 pro 64-bit iso image with activator from
  2. Install Windows 8. This should be straightforward since VMware Player 5 supports Windows 8.
  3. Install Windows Phone 8 SDK from
  4. Edit VMware *.vmx config file. This will add configuration to avoid guest OS from realizing it is running on virtual machine.
    hypervisor.cpuid.v0 = "FALSE"


  5. Enable virtualization emulation. In virtual machine settings,  go to ‘Hardware’ tab > Processors > Virtualization Engine. Then, select “Virtualize Intel VT-X/EPT or AMD-V/RVI”
  6. Open Visual Studio, create a new project & run on emulator

Some notes:

  • emulator should be able to run
  • however, performance will be slow

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