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Prepare your computer to develop Windows 8 Metro Apps


In this chapter, you can learn how to prepare your computer to start developing Windows 8 Metro Apps and how to install various tools to start the Metro Style App development.


To get started with Windows 8 Metro App development, you need to install Windows 8 and some other software development tools.

Follow the steps below to prepare your computer to develop Windows 8 Metro Style Apps:

1. Install Windows 8.

If you do not want to disturb your current development environment, you may install Windows 8 in a virtual machine. Oracle VM VirtualBox is a free virtualization software that can be used to install Windows 8. You can find instructions to install Windows 8 on Oracle VirtualBox.

2. Install Visual Studio 2012

If you already have a Visual Studio license or want to pay the license cost and get a full featured version, download and install Visual Studio 2012.

If you are looking for a free version, download and install Visual Studio 2012 Express Edition.

3. Windows 8 SDK for Metro Style Apps

The next step is, download and install the Windows 8 SDK for Metro Style app development. The SDK include a lot of tools like headers, libraries, tools etc to develop Metro Apps. Visual Studio is not included in the SDK and it need to be installed separately.



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