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I have a copy of Visual Studio 2008 Pro. The Windows Phone Developments tools which include XNA 4 continuously fail to install on my machine. I am wondering if it was due to having 2008 vs 2010. Any ideas?

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Do you get any particular error message? As was stated it should download visual studio 2010 express if you don't have visual studio 2010 already installed and I am pretty sure that you can have both 2008 and 2010 installed on the same machine, so it shouldn't be causing any errors. The following link proves my point – Waleed Al-Balooshi Dec 24 '10 at 22:09
No error message, the installer hangs and I get a "Not Responding" message. What's weird is certain parts were installed the emulator. I think I will uninstall everything and try again. – Danny S. Dec 25 '10 at 15:13
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Yes you need VS2010. If you don't have the full VS2010 the installer will download VS2010 Express Edition. Obviously that's a bummer if you've got stuff in VS2008 Pro that you like, but hey, that's Microsoft for you.

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Damn, I bought 2008 in 2009 too. I should of waited. Thank you for taking the time to answer. – Danny S. Dec 25 '10 at 15:13
Always go for MSDN subscriptions with VS in them if you can, the VS upgrade cycle will always be there :9 These days, a retail non-sub upgrade to 2010 includes one year of MSDN Essentials as a taster though ^^ – Oskar Duveborn Dec 27 '10 at 11:10

Yes, you need the application from this website to be able to develop for Windows Phone 7

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