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Visual Studio 2015 development environment setup for Windows IoT

Article updated at 28 Oct 2017

This article describes how to setup Visual Studio 2015 for Windows 10 IoT application development.


Windows 10 version

Before installing VS2015, make sure you are running the public release of Windows 10 (version 10.0.10240 or later). You can find your current build number by clicking the start button, typing "winver", and pressing enter.


Install Visual Studio Community 2015. Select the checkbox "Universal Windows App Development Tools -> Tools and Windows SDK" when installing.

Update Visual Studio 2015

If you already have Visual Studio 2015 installed, install Update 1 from the Extensions and Updates dialog in Visual Studio or from here.

Validate your Visual Studio installation

Selecting "Help > About Microsoft Visual Studio" will display version information. The required version of Visual Studio is 14.0.24720.00 Update 1 (or later). The required version of Visual Studio Tools for Universal Windows Apps is 14.0.24720.00 (or later).

Install Windows IoT Core Project Templates

Download the project template.

Enable developer mode on PC

You can follow the "Windows 10 Desktops/tablets" section from these instructions.

Write your first Program

Create a new VC# project.