Windows SDK and emulator archive

This archive contains SDK releases and updates for earlier Windows and Windows Phone platform versions, as well as emulator releases supporting development and UX testing for mobile device experiences.

For the latest editions of Visual Studio and the Windows 10 developer tools, see Downloads and tools for Windows.

Windows 10

Windows 10 SDK (ver. 10.0.16299.15) and Microsoft Emulator for Windows 10 mobile

Released in conjunction with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Use this SDK to building Universal Windows apps and desktop apps for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and previous Windows 10 releases.

Released in-step with the SDK, the Microsoft Mobile Emulator for Windows 10 (ver. 15254.1) is a desktop application that emulates a mobile device running Windows 10.

Windows 10 SDK (ver. 10.0.15063.468) and Microsoft Emulator for Windows 10 mobile

Released in conjunction with the Windows 10 Creators Update. Use this SDK to building Universal Windows apps and desktop apps for Windows 10 Creators Update and previous Windows 10 releases.

This SDK, originally released in April 2017, has received the following updates:

QFE Build: 10.0.15063.468
Released June 2017

This non-security update includes quality improvements:

  • Addressed issue where build errors were encountered when including events.h
  • Back ported tests to App Certification Kit
  • Addressed issue where WinAppDeploycmd tool fails to connect to phone via USB
  • Addressed issue where UWP Remote Deployment Pipeline silently swallows SMB exceptions.

QFE Build: 10.0.15063.400
Released May 2017

This non-security update includes quality improvements:

  • Improve diagnostic error message content on packaging streaming app
  • Addressed issue where build errors were encountered when including Bits headers
  • Included improvements to localized intellisense files

Released in-step with the SDK, the Microsoft Mobile Emulator for Windows 10 is a desktop application that emulates a mobile device running Windows 10.

Windows 10 SDK (ver. 10.0.14393.795) and Microsoft Emulator for Windows 10 mobile

Released in conjunction with the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. Use this SDK to building Universal Windows apps and desktop apps for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition and previous Windows 10 releases.

This SDK, originally released in August 2016, has received the following updates:

QFE Build 10.0.14393.795
Released January 2017

This non-security update includes quality improvements:

  • Addressed issue where developers could not build UWP apps on Windows 7 because MRMSupport.dll failed to load.
  • Addressed issue where MidlRT and MDMerge failed to run on Windows 7
  • Addressed issue where SDK setup failed to install on Windows
  • Addressed issue where deploying a legacy Store app to a 8.1 Phone caused Visual Studio to crash
  • Addressed issue where application data was not preserved across remote debugging sessions when apps were getting un-registered

Released in-step with the SDK, the Microsoft Mobile Emulator for Windows 10 is a desktop application that emulates a mobile device running Windows 10. (Version 10.0.10586.11)

Windows 10 SDK (10586) and Microsoft Emulator for Windows 10 mobile

Start building Universal Windows apps and desktop apps for Windows 10 with this SDK. Released November 2015. (Version 10.0.10586.212)

Released in-step with the SDK, the Microsoft Mobile Emulator for Windows 10 is a desktop application that emulates a mobile device running Windows 10. (Version 10.0.10586.11)

Windows 10 SDK (26624) and Microsoft Emulator for Windows 10 mobile

Note: Due to a versioning issue this release was previously referred to as (10240).

Start building Universal Windows apps and desktop apps for Windows 10 with this SDK. Released July 2015. (Version 10.0.26624.0)

Released in-step with the SDK, the Microsoft Mobile Emulator for Windows 10 is a desktop application that emulates a mobile device running Windows 10. (Version 10.0.26624.0)

Microsoft HoloLens Emulator

Run apps on Windows Holographic in a virtual machine without a HoloLens. This installation also includes holographic DirectX project templates for Visual Studio

    Windows 8.1

    Released in October 2013, this SDK can be used to create Windows Store apps (for Windows 8.1 or later) using web technologies, native, and managed code; or desktop apps that use the native or managed programming model. Learn more about the Windows SDK for Windows 8.1.

    Windows Phone 8.1 development tools

    The Windows Phone 8.1 development tools are installed with Visual Studio Community 2015 with Update 2. Features introduced in Update 2 include new emulators and universal app templates.

    Windows Phone 8.1 Emulators

    The Windows Phone 8.1 Emulators package adds six emulator images to an existing installation of Visual Studio 2013 so you can test how apps will work on phones running Windows Phone 8.1. (Requires Visual Studio 2013 with Update 2 or later.)

    Windows Phone 8.1 Update and Emulators

    Supports use of emulators in test scenarios for phones running Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1. (Requires Visual Studio 2013 with Update 2 or later.)

    Windows 8

    Released in November 2012, this SDK can be used to create Windows Store apps (for Windows 8 or earlier) using web technologies, native, and managed code; or desktop apps that use the native or managed programming model. Learn more about the Windows SDK for Windows 8.

    Windows Phone SDK 8.0

    Install Visual Studio Community 2015 to get tools for developing apps for Windows Phone 8 devices.

    Windows Phone SDK 8.0 Update 3 Emulators

    Adds five new emulator images to an existing installation of Windows Phone SDK 8.0. With this update installed, you can test how your app will run on devices that have Update 3 (version 8.0.10492 or later) of Windows Phone 8. This update requires either Visual Studio 2012 with Windows Phone SDK 8.0 and Update 4 or later, or Visual Studio 2013 with the optional Windows Phone SDK 8.0 option selected during setup.

    Windows Phone SDK 8.0 Update for Windows Phone 8.0.10322

    Adds four new emulator images to an existing installation of Windows Phone SDK 8.0. This update requires either Visual Studio 2012 with Windows Phone SDK 8.0 and Update 4 or later, or Visual Studio 2013 with the optional Windows Phone SDK 8.0 option selected during setup.

    Windows Phone SDK Update for Windows Phone 7.8

    Adds two new emulator images to an existing Windows Phone SDK installation. This update supports Windows Phone SDK 7.1 and Windows Phone SDK 8.0. With this update, use Windows Phone 8 Start screen experience in your Windows Phone 7.5 apps. You also can test how your apps will run on Windows Phone 7.8 devices.

    Windows Phone SDK 7.1

    Tools to help you develop apps for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 7.0 devices.

    Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update

    Brings additional functionality to Windows Phone SDK 7.1. With this update, it’s easier to develop apps and games that are optimized to run on 256-MB devices.

    Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4

    Released in June 2010, this SDK can be used to develop applications for Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and .NET Framework versions 2.0, 3.0, 3.5 SP1, and 4.0.

    To avoid problems with installation, please see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2717426 before installing Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4.

    Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

    Released in August 2009, this SDK can be used to develop applications for Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and .NET Framework versions 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5 SP1.

    Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5

    Released in February 2008, this SDK can be used to develop applications to run on Windows Server 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5.

    Update for Windows Vista and .NET Framework 3.0

    Released in February 2007, this SDK can be used to develop applications that run on Windows Vista.

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