How To Install Windows 10 SDK And Windows 10 Emulators


If you are a beginner with Windows 10 UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps, this post is here to help you get started. Step by step, I am going to show you "How to install windows 10 sdk" and also "How to install Windows 10 New Emulators" with Visual Studio 2015 Community Update 1.

This article can explain about the below topics:

  1. Why UWP apps?
  2. How to install Windows 10 SDK?
  3. How to repair, modify and uninstall Windows 10 SDK?
  4. How to install Windows 10 Emulators


  • Windows 10 SDK works best on the Windows 10 operating system. And it is also supported on: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, but not all tools are supported on these operating systems.

  • Current release (Version 1511) of the Windows SDK doesn't include a .NET Framework Redistributable Package. So we may need to install Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6 Package.

  • Make sure the computer you’re installing on has the minimum required disk space that is from 10MB to 2.5GB hard disk space, otherwise, setup will return an error.

  • If you are trying to attempt online installer for windows 10 sdk. Make sure your system having good internet connectivity.

  • We can get Windows 10 SDK by installing Windows 10 Standalone SDK or you don’t need to install this SDK if you already having Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 or later.

  • You must enable Hyper-V on your machine to use windows 10 emulators.


  1. Why UWP apps?

    There are so many improvements on Unviersal Windows app development for Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 experience.

    • Previously in Windows 8.1 universal app project, we need to create two different app packages (.APPX) for Windows phone & Windows, but now no more than one app package and we can use only one app package that can run across all Microsoft platforms (Mobile,Desktop,Xbox,Surface Hub, Holographic, IOT..etc)

    • Now no need to create two separate projects for Windows phone and windows, with windows 10 sdk now build one Universal Windows app that runs on all Windows 10 devices.

    • We no longer need a developer license with Windows 10. But we must Enable Developer Mode to your device for development.

  2. How to install Windows 10 SDK ?

    Please follow below steps to install Windows 10 SDK.

    Step 1:

    Make sure you’ve to downloaded the latest Windows 10 SDK or Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 from here (Note: current version is VS 2015 Update 1). After that downloaded file will be locate at 'Downloads' folder, And I am locating downloaded file in below path.


    Now to install setup double click on above file. And it will launch below VS dialog box,


    We can make custom installation of visual studio 2015 only for Windows 10 development and so make sure to select 'Custom' option and press 'Next' button. Then we would find below screen,


    Universal Windows App Development Tools are enough to create your Windows 10 universal apps. So make sure to select them from above screen and press 'Next' button and it will ask us for confirmation of visual studio custom installation settings like below,


    Now press on 'Install' button and setup will start to run like below,


    It will take more time and it depends on network speed and your system processor as well. So after some time, windows 10 sdk will be install on your system and screen could be comes with a message like 'All specified components have been installed successfully" and also its better to restart your system before to use windows 10 sdk.


  3. How to repair, modify and uninstall Windows 10 sdk?

    This step is very easy as same like general software, we need go to Control Panel, open Programs and Features and select our software name is Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2015 with Update1 and right click on to change.


    Now wizard would be like below,


    Now press what ever you want to perform on setup below actions.

    Modify: This options is for changing custom installation of Visual Studio.

    Repair: If you think any package installation was missing from your current custom installation settings, then again you can repair setup to get missing package installation on your machine.

    Uninstall: This option is for removing setup from your PC, Note: you need to also remove shared components of Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6 SDK.

    if you think any package was missing from your installation, press 'Repair' button from wizard, but it will take time for repairing setup and screen could be comes with below message like 'All specified components have been repaired successfully" and also we need to restart our system for making better result of setup file.


  4. How to install Windows 10 Emulators?

    Generally it is impossible to test our UWP app on every Windows 10 physical device, So visual studio made an nice extension is called Emulator concept, So Emulators can help us to see how our app appears on a different Windows device. But there are below few limitation to use windows 10 emulators

    • To test app in any of the emulators, you must have to install Visual Studio 2015 update 1 or later on a your machine.(Like in earlier above discussions)

    • Your processor should supports Client Hyper-V and Second Level Address Translation (SLAT).
    By default, directly Windows 10 Emulators may not available with current version of Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 and you need to download windows 10 emulators separately. So please follow below steps to install window 10 emulators

    Step 1: How to to download windows 10 Emulators SDK?

    When you open your visual studio to create new UWP app and trying to run your app on emulators from Debug section you would be find below screen:


    So click on 'Download New Emulators' and it will redirect to a Windows 10 Emulators link there you will find below option to download latest emulators,


    Okay to download emulators, Tap on 'Install Emulators' and it will start to download setup file and locate it in 'Downloads' folder. So after completion of download i placed the setup file in below folder path:


    Now double tap on above setup file name is 'EmulatorSetup' and you will find below screen:


    In above screen for offline installation, I am trying to download entire setup file to specific folder path is 'D:\Softwares\VStudio\2015\EmulatorSetup\EmulatorOffline'. you can also choose first option for direct online installation if you have good network speed in your PC.
    Now the wizard will ask you about 'Windows Kits Privacy' with below screen, choose 'yes' and press 'Next' button,


    Now you can get download option for windows 10 emulators and press 'Download' button to start.


    After some time it will complete download and shows where it is downloaded like below screen.


    Step 2: How to to install windows 10 Emulators?

    So now its time for installing emulators, go to setup download folder path at 'D:\Softwares\VStudio\2015\EmulatorSetup\EmulatorOffline'. here you will find below files,


    Now run above setup file name is 'EmulatorSetup' and you will find below screen:


    Press 'Next' button and it will again ask you about 'Windows Kits Privacy' choose 'Yes' and Click on 'Next' button. After that you need to accept 'License Agreement'. So finally you will get 'Install' option from below screen,


    Now setup will start for installation, and one more important note you must enable Hyper-V in your machine otherwise it will throw an error like below,


    If you have already enabled Hyper-V machine, setup file will be smoothly install on your machine and you will get success installation message.

    Wow!!! now every thing is configured for your Windows 10 development, and you can start to build nice Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform(UWP) apps.

    You can also read this article from original blog.

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