How to open application (XAP) in Windows Phone 7 Emulator without Visual Studio running and/or source files?

image You’ve developed your first Windows Phone 7 application and you want to share it with your friends or colleagues? Just follow this simple steps:

  1. Copy all files from “BinRelease” folder of your project. Move it to target machine.
  2. Have the Windows Phone 7 SDK installed on target machine (comes with Developer Tools)
  3. Open “XapDeploy.exe” in “C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft SDKsWindows Phonev7.0ToolsXAP Deployment” (actual path may vary on your system, but you get the idea)
  4. Select “Windows Phone 7 Emulator” as Target
  5. Browse for XAP file on your disk (the one you’ve copied from “BinRelease” folder)
  6. Deploy

That’s it!

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