Error – The Windows Phone Emulator wasn’t able to create the virtual machine “Windows Phone 8 Emulator”

Published on October 24, 2013 by abundantcode

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This was one of the errors that I received when trying to install the Windows Phone 8 SDK in my Windows 8.1 system and trying to create a new project and run it. The error message was

“The Windows Phone Emulator wasn’t able to create the virtual machine, something happened while creating a switch”…

The Windows Phone 8 emulator has the prerequisite that the system needs to have the Hyper-V support and also requires the second level address translation.

Here’s a simple solution that fixed the issues and worked for us.

1. Open Hyper-V Manager in your Windows 8.1 system.

2. Navigate to the Virtual Switch Manager.

3. Remove any existing switches.

4. Create a new Virtual Switch and set the connection type as internal and reboot the system.

5. Now, launch the emulator from Visual Studio. It should work fine.

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