Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld Software Development Kit

    The Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld Software Development Kit (SDK) provides you with the tools that you need to develop apps for the Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld operating system. This SDK requires Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 or greater.
    • Note:There are multiple files available for this download.Once you click on the "Download" button, you will be prompted to select the files you need.


      File Name:

      9651.14141 Handheld 8.1 Supplemental Release Notes-SDK.pdf

      Handheld 8.1 GDR1 9651.14141 -

      Date Published:


      File Size:

      215 KB

      537.1 MB

        This SDK is an Add-on to the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK which provides support for Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld. The SDK adds support for testing your application on a Windows Embedded 8.1 emulator. Developers must install Visual Studio 2013 (Update 2 or later), which includes the Windows Phone 8.1 development tools, prior to installing and using the Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld SDK.
    • Supported Operating System

      Windows 8.1

        For Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld Development

        Windows 8.1 (x86) or higher

        Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2 (more info)

        RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)

        Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

        Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

        Visual Studio 2013 Update 2or greater

        For the Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld emulators

        Windows 8.1 (x64) Professional edition or higher, and a processor that supports Client Hyper-V and Second Level Address (SLAT)

        If your computer meets the hardware and operating system requirements, but does not meet the requirements for the Windows Phone 8.1 Emulator,
        the Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld SDK will install and run. However, the Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld emulators will not function and you will not be able to deploy or test apps on the emulator.

      • • Follow the instructions for installing Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 or higher

        • Install the Windows Embedded Handheld 8.1 SDK

        • Click the Download button for the WE8H_SDK-8.1 file. Follow the instructions to install the SDK Download the release notes which are in a separate file in the download link for the SDK.

        Using the Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld SDK

        • The Windows Handheld 8.1 SDK will install everything you need into your existing Windows Phone 8.1 development environment. After installing, start Visual Studio as usual and use it to create your Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld apps. The SDK adds support for Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld emulator in the Visual Studio environment. Once your handheld app is complete, you may deploy it to the emulator for testing.

        • Refer to the Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld APIs on MSDN for detailed application development and API information.

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