Xbox and Win 7 Phone Developer SDK on 2008 Server

Post date: May 10, 2012 3:22:3 PM

It's amazing to me that Microsoft doesn't think that developers

wouldn't favor 2008 Server, or any Server OS as their workstation OS

of choice. However, MS for what ever reason, decided that dev's don't

need to install their Xbox/Phone SDK on Servers... This is a work


Be aware that the Windows Phone and Xbox Developer Tools are not

officially supported on operating systems other than Vista or MS

Windows 7.

However, with a little modification of one file, you can install them

on Windows Server 2008, if that is your Dev Box of choice.

Note: This process is not supported, you will be doing this at your own risk.

a) Download the Windows Phone/XBox Developer Boot Strapper and

save it to a folder on your hard drive.

b) To extract the setup package run: vm_web.exe /x from the

command prompt at the location you saved the Boot Strapper, and

choosing a path to extract the data.

c) Go to the folder you extracted to and open the file

baseline.dat in notepad. Be sure to uncheck the option to always open

it with this program, don’t associate the dat file with the notepad

text editor.

d) Look for the section named [gencomp7788], you will need to make

a couple changes.

- Change the value InstallOnLHS from 1 to 0

- Change the value InstallOnWin7Server from 1 to 0

e) Save and close baseline.dat

f) Then from the command line, run “setup.exe /web” from the

folder where everything is extracted. Note: you must do the /web;

otherwise critical pieces of the developer toolset will not download.

g) Once running you can expect 13 parts to be downloaded to your system.