My new Windows Phone Emulator theme–simple and sleek

12 December 2011

Back in April I shared my custom Windows Phone Emulator theme/skin files that made the emulator look like an AT&T phone, the Samsung Focus. I recently realized that the newer Windows Phone Marketing resources on the MSDN site include a much nicer looking chassis mock-up, without branding, and thought I would move to start using something based on it for my development work & presentations that I give.

Iā€™m sharing this with the community, I hope you enjoy! It makes the emulator look great I must say.

Download and install the theme

  • Download a zip file of these these resources (158 KB)
  • Ensure the emulator is closed
  • Locate the emulator directory ā€“ usually something like C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft XDE\1.0\
  • Backup the existing WM7_Skin.xml file if you may want to go back
  • Extract the files into the emulator directory ā€“ note that you will need administrative permissions to overwrite the files
  • Start up the emulator!


Jeff Wilcox is a Software Engineer at Microsoft in the Open Source Programs Office (OSPO), helping Microsoft engineers use, contribute to and release open source at scale.

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