Windows Phone Mango – Multiple Emulators


I just realized that I need to have two emulators running at the same times since I’m developing a socket demo where two phones are talking to each other. Fortunately there is a way to have two emulators running while debugging at the same time. So if you are developing any multi-client application and need two instances of the emulator, this post will guide you on how to do that.

  1. Open the Windows Explorer and browse to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Phone Tools\CoreCon\10.0\addons
  2. Create a copy of the file “ImageConfig.en-US.xsl”, you can name it as you want, I just did a copy/paste and ended up with “ImageConfig.en-US – Copy.xsl”
  3. Find and edit the following in the new copy:
    • In the <DEVICE> element, change the Name attribute to “Windows Phone Emulator Instance 2”
    • Also change the ID attribute to a new GUID in the same element. You can create a new GUID here or just make one up
    • In the <PROPERTY ID=”VMID” Protected=”false”> element, change the value to the same GUID as you specified above and make sure you preserve the braces {}

That’s it, now restart Visual Studio if you have it running and you will now have two Emulators to use!

Happy Coding!

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    • Rohit
    • November 28th, 2011

    Very interesting; thanks!

    • tbell
    • January 11th, 2012

    great stuff.. thanks

  1. Precious information, thank you

  1. February 28th, 2012

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