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What do you do once you get your new WP7 phone?

Dec 6

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Monday, December 06, 2010 9:19 PM  RssIcon

Finding Registration ToolA few people have commented on connecting/unlocking their new WP7 phone up to Visual Studio.  Here's a blow by blow account.

Finding Registration ToolOk, you've recieved your shiny new WP7 phone!  COOL!  Once you crack open the box, you're probably going to want to put your fancy new WP7 on it right?  COOL!  Here's how to "unlock" your phone for development.

First off, make sure you've got the October WP7 tools release.  Then navigate to Windows Phone Developer Tools and find the Windows Phone Develoepr Registration program.  Yup, THAT'S what you need to do to "unlock" your phone for WP7 development.  Try anything else, and,'re in for a disappointment and frustration.  I learned from John Marshall (Visio MVP, recent WP7 dev) who tried all kinds of things and found THIS to be the way to make it work.

Oh, and if you're like me, you'll be so excited you'll fire this bad boy up without having Zune running.  If you do that, you'll see this.

When Zune is not running

Ok, no big deal right?  Just fire up Zune.

After starting Zune

Cool, next you'll see that Registration tool change to this.

When Zune is connected

DOH!  gggrrrrr not quite there yet!  Have to get off the lock screen.

When Zune is connected and phone unlocked

Once you fill in your Hotmail/Windows Live ID and password then hit Register, (hopefully LOL) you'll see this.

Successfully registered

Cool!  But, we're not COMPLETELY done yet.  We still have to give Zune a few more details.  You know how you have to name your computer when-ever you repave/install Windows?  This is a Windows Phone afterall.  (No, that's not what I called my phone!)

Name your phone

Ok, cool, afterwards, you'll come back to the Zune status screen.

Back to zune after naming your phone

Ok, once you do that, you'll probably be tempted to go looking for apps (I did LOL).  But I found if I was a bit too excited the mouse clicks (no comments Bert LOL), you'll often get an error.  Weird I know, I'm sure this will get worked out eventually.  (Yes, I was indeed downloading something for my little ones LOL)

Error sometimes

And there we go.  You've setup your WP7 phone!  Not too hard was it?  Now that's done, it's time to grab a coffee and get coding!

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4 comment(s) so far...

Re: What do you do once you get your new WP7 phone?

The Zune software puts a lock on the phone media library so you can't debug media-library-accessing apps when Zune is running. To get around that, or in any case if you wish, you can run the WPConnect tool (in the October update) instead of Zune. You can also tell Zune (in settings) not to launch automatically when you connect a device.

By on   Tuesday, December 07, 2010 2:56 PM

Re: What do you do once you get your new WP7 phone?

Ah cool! Thank you for the heads up Colinizer! Awesome and thank you for your comments!

By phenry on   Tuesday, December 07, 2010 3:37 PM

Re: What do you do once you get your new WP7 phone?

You left out one small step LOL: Going to App Hub and paying $99 LOL!

By jimmy on   Sunday, March 27, 2011 6:13 PM

Re: What do you do once you get your new WP7 phone?

DOH! Yes, you are right, that small, little hiccup of paying $120 CA (ya, $21 MORE in Canada! DOH!). But I guess I just assumed.....ya, ya I know I know, when I assume, it makes an .......ooop, keep it family oriented! haha Thanks stopping by and commenting Jimmy! Hope you come back. Have a good one.

By Peter Henry on   Monday, March 28, 2011 9:59 AM

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