Tuesday, 21 September 2010

How uninstall Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP

If you try to install any newer version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools, you will probably see a dialog box complaining about older versions of these tools, like the CTP, which cannot be updated automatically, and have to be removed before continuing with the new installation:

So, when you go to the Properties & Features window, select the Windows Phone Developer Tools, and click on Remove, you will find that the default uninstaller won’t work, finding the following dialogs:

To properly uninstall these tools, you have two options:

  1. 1.- Use the XNA Game Studio Cleanup Tool, which supports the Windows Phone Tools. More info here.
  2. 2.- An easier way depicted here: go to your default Windows Phone Tools installation folder (by default: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone  CTP – ENU), right-click on the file vs_setup.msi, and select Uninstall.

Et’voilá. Tools uninstalled.

Cheers!

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