Tag: Windows Phone 7

Removed the Me tile from Start menu by accident

I accidentally removed the Me tile from the Start menu on my HTC Titan Windows Phone. Now, it is real easy to pin items to the Start menu, but for some reason, this particular item or tile, was way harder to add back, as it isn’t listed on the list of apps. So, I played around with the phone, as you do ;-), and I finally found it in the People hub.

  1. Open the People hub.
  2. Ensure you see all of the people in your hub, or tap or swipe to all to get there.
  3. Single-tap your own picture, which is located at the very top.
  4. Tap the pin icon at the bottom of the screen.

…and you’re back. 🙂


Installing Windows Phone Developer Tools on Hyper-V Guest OS

I’ve been trying to install the Windows Phone Developer Tools, vm_web.exe, http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=04704acf-a63a-4f97-952c-8b51b34b00ce&displaylang=en, on my various dev boxes, all running under Hyper-V R2. However, this is not a supported scenario. Mind you, it can be done, and I have successfully installed it on a 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 client.

If you run the 64-bit version, add the following registry key first: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\XDE

Then add the following DWORD (32-bit) value: EnableHWAssist with a value of 00000000.

Once you have downloaded the Windows Phone Developer Tools, perform the following steps:

  1. On the Hyper-V host machine, run the following command from a command prompt, vm_web.exe /x, and extract to a folder with a name of say WP7Tools.
  2. Ensure your guest OS/virtual machine have Internet access; this is vital!
  3. On the Hyper-V guest OS/virtual machine, open the WP7Tools folder in a  command prompt.
  4. Run the following command from the command prompt, setup.exe /web.
  5. Close the command prompt.

Now you should be able to install the Windows Phone Developer Tools, and yes the emulator works.

If you need to install on Windows Server 2008 (R2), check out this blog post, http://blogs.msdn.com/b/astebner/archive/2010/05/02/10005980.aspx.