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    Please, somebody tell me if with a laptop with:

    3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i3-3217U processor

    Features a 3MB L3 cache and 1.8GHz processor speed.

    4GB Standard System Memory

    Intel® HD Graphics 4000

    Feature up to 1664MB total video memory for lush images and vivid detail. HDMI output for flexible connectivity options.


    I will have any chance to see the Windows Phone 8 emulator working.

    It will be a big difference if the processor is 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i7-3632QM processor.


    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 2:58 PM

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  • If your running windows 7 you need to upgrade to windows 8 and download vs 2012 and then install the tools. If it runs win 7 it will run the emulator and it will run win 8.

    Matthew Montgomery

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 6:16 PM
  • Hi,

    Please see the System Requirements section for the WP8 SDK here:

    You need a processor that supports SLAT for the emulator to work, and you need to ensure you have Windows 8 X64 installed.


    Mark Chamberlain Sr. Escalation Engineer | Microsoft Developer Support | Windows Phone 7

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 6:24 PM
  • FYI: To check if your PC is SLAT capable check out this tool:


    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 8:37 PM
  • But why do we need SLAT supported CPU for developing Windows Phone 8 Applications?

    Any logical explanation would be welcome.

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 10:59 PM
  • Because the Hyper-V capabilities required to run the Windows Phone 8 OS inside the emulator depend upon SLAT.

    You can install the SDK without having SLAT capable CPU but the Emulator will not be available.


    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 11:53 PM
  • This tool is kind of useless because it only works on windows 8 only. Wouldn't one want to make sure SLAT is supported before even upgrading to windows 8 for development?
    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 1:44 AM
  • Check the spec sheet for your CPU, for Intel chips you can see if they meet the requirements by checking (your CPU's page is and see if it supports Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables.

    AMD chips since the Phenom II and Athlon II line are virtually guaranteed to support AMD's SLAT implementation, known as RVI (Rapid Virtualization Indexing), a somewhat out of date list of cores with this support is here

    Turns out your CPU does support SLAT, so you're good.

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 6:42 AM
  • I tried getting it to work last night, but it kept giving me the useless Virtualization error.

    I have a I7 Q3820, which according to intel and the coreinfo(?) tool has EPT(SLAT), I enabled both VT, DEP and disabled VT-d but not go. I can't for the love of it find any option in my gigabyte BIOS resembling SLAT or EPT, so there is a good chance it is not enabled.

    I do have a Hyper-V core server running, and it would be great if I could run the emulator there. Is this a possibility? This would also be great for testing purposes.

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 8:19 AM
  • My intention is to buy a laptop

    Microsoft Windows 8 operating system

    Toshiba - Satellite 17.3" Laptop - 4GB Memory - 640GB Hard Drive

    3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i3-3110M processor

    Features a 3MB cache and 2.4GHz processor speed.

    Intel® Core™ i3 processor

    Features smart 4-way processing performance for HD quality computing. Intel® HD graphics provide extra graphics power for your laptop when you need it.

    4GB DDR3 memory

    For multitasking power, expandable to 16GB.

    Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support

    Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media; also supports DVD-RAM.

    17.3" LED-backlit TFT high-definition widescreen display

    With TruBrite technology and a 1600 x 900 resolution showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.

    640GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)

    Mobile Intel® HD graphics

    Please tell me if I will have the chance to see Windows Phone 8 emulator.

    Note: I talked with Toshiba Direct and they told me that Windows 8 is 64 bits and Mobile Intel® HD graphics is Intel 4000

    Thanks very much for the prompt answers.


    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 3:48 PM
  • From @snuxoll's link, I could check that i3-3110 does support SLAT so emulator should work. But you will have to have Windows 8 Pro. Probably you will have to customize while shopping online at Toshiba site. So make sure that for this laptop you get Winsows 8 Pro - 64 bit.


    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 4:03 PM
  • Hi,

    Thanks for the prompt answer.

    The laptop is from Best Buy and I can't configure it.

    Why you think I need Windows 8 Pro ?



    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 4:11 PM
  • Hi,

    I found why you said.

    System requirements

    Supported operating systems: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro

      • Windows 8 64-bit (x64) client versions
    • Hardware:
      • 4 GB of free hard disk space
      • 4 GB RAM
      • 64-bit (x64) CPU
    • Windows Phone 8 Emulator:
      • Windows 8 Pro edition or greater
      • Requires a processor that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)


    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 4:24 PM
  • If you get it from then you can configure.


    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 5:17 PM
  • Hi,

    Some laptops have UMA graphics.

    Are they supporting SLAT?



    Thursday, November 1, 2012 12:37 AM
  • SLAT has nothing to do with the graphics - it's a CPU feature.

    Thursday, November 1, 2012 5:03 AM
  • FYI Emulator Troubleshooter here.

    Mark Chamberlain Sr. Escalation Engineer | Microsoft Developer Support | Windows Phone 7

    Thursday, November 1, 2012 3:11 PM
  • Eric,

    On the download page it says: "Please try this on Windows 8 Client machines."  That is the mother of all vague statements.  Does it mean "This tool will only work on machines running Windows 8?"

    If so that means I have to go out and buy Windows 8, install it (hopefully leaving all my apps intact) and then run the test to see if I have to throw this computer away or not.

    Does it only work on a Windows 8 machine?

    Thanks, Dean

    .net Developer

    Friday, November 2, 2012 4:42 PM
  • Dean,

    That tool is for Windows 8 only.

    Have a look here for how to check your existing machine. The program linked in that article (CoreInfo) works on Windows XP SP3 and higher.

    Friday, November 2, 2012 4:55 PM
  • AMD information is useful but how to know what Intel processors supports SLAT?
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 6:12 PM
  • You can find more Intel info here, along with community feedback:

    Hyper-V: List of SLAT-Capable CPUs for Hosts


    Mark Chamberlain Sr. Escalation Engineer | Microsoft Developer Support | Windows Phone 7

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 6:35 PM
  • The Intel site would be a good place to look: Intel Virtualization Technology List

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 6:44 PM
  • AMD information is useful but how to know what Intel processors supports SLAT?
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 8:20 PM
  • AMD information is useful but how to know what Intel processors supports SLAT?

    Did you not read the link I provided above?
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 8:26 PM