Windows Phone Power Tools 2.83 for WP 8.1

Rating:        Based on 76 ratings
Reviewed:  61 reviews
Downloads: 851427
Change Set: 82d3697a2f92
Released: Aug 8, 2014
Updated: Aug 8, 2014 by nachmore
Dev status: Stable Help Icon

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Release Notes

Newly updated version of the tools that supports Windows 8 and the Windows Phone 8 SDK. This version should work with both WP 7.5 devices / emulators and the WP8 devices and emulators.

Please note! The profiler feature is in Beta and is missing some basic fit, finish and polish, please report bugs and feature requests on our issue tracker (


  • Bug #61 - fixed the issue with deleting files from IsoStore
  • Some clean up

  • Fixed a bunch of Isolated Storage explorer issues, both with Modern and non-Modern applications. Thanks to various people for the bug reports.

  • Due to overwhelming popular demand, adding support for Windows Phone 8.1
    • I was hoping this would just get into the official product. Next time maybe?
  • Removed the profiler now that it ships in-box with the Phone tools

  • Support Windows 8.1 + VS 2013 without VS 2012 installed

  • Removed all references to System.Web
  • Cut down download size from 3.2MB to 0.4MB

  • Removed dependency on Web.Mvc
  • Fixed escaping of etl paths when opening them in wpa

  • Removed debug code that was causing a crash when configuring the profiler for the first time
  • Slight tweak to the standard trace session to collect CPU usage
  • Added prompt to restart the Power Tools after profiler installation (CoreCon needs to be refreshed)
  • Fixed profiler analytics

  • After quite a bit of work the profiler is finally here! It's a full(ish) ETW profiler that gives you near complete control over your profiling sessions. It's still in Beta, here are some caveats / coming features which should all be fixed in future versions:
    • ETLs are saved to My Documents
    • ETLs are always, automatically, opened in WPA
    • There is no way to add custom providers
    • There is no way of saving a custom scenario to use again
    • You can stop an in-progress profiler, but you can't cancel one
    • There isn't much documentation - but I'm working on it. Volunteers?
  • Bug 35: Fixed incorrect url for reporting issues - thanks OmegaMan!
  • Some small amounts of code cleanup and performance fixes

  • BUG 28: The fix to bug 27 caused an internal exception when trying to get file data for WP7 which broke the IsolatedStorage explorer for WP7. This is now fixed, though WP7 is stuck with limited file information (while WP8 has the full set).

  • BUG 27: Fixed issue where some file properties were not being displayed in the Remote Isolated Storage explorer
  • BUG 26: Cap number of remembered xaps at a reasonable cap (100). There is also infrastructure to make this configurable in the future.
  • Some slight tweaks to the elevate button to make it more visible

Since we haven't heard about any blocking issues this version is also being marked as release. yay!

v 2.03 Beta
  • Removed dependency on Microsoft.Web.Infrastructure that was blocking some installs (bug #25)
  • UI tweaks
  • All previous xaps are remembered and displayed in a ListBox for your future selection
  • Analytics are now disabled for debug builds or when running under debugger

v 2.02 Beta
  • Added analytics to figure out what areas are most used and need more attention
  • 1st round of feedback from David Rickard (thanks!)
    • File selection textbox now stretches with the window
    • Tweaked unhandled exception message
    • Window size and position are now restored on launch

v 2.0.1 Beta
  • Removed manifest signing to clear up future upgrade paths
  • Fixed Bug #23 which blocked the tool running on ZH-CN
  • Rewrote IsolatedStorage Drag and Drop to make it a lot more robust

v 2.0 Beta
  • Support for both WP7.5 and WP8 (device + emulator)
  • New UI (still rough around the edges)

Planned items
  • Actions on a background thread
  • More UI refinement
  • More detailed error messages to match new error codes
  • Profiler

Reviews for this release

Good but have some error with Microsoft.SmartDevice.Connectivity.dll v12 Anyway, you can download source code and remove something relative with GAC or you can download my release-edited-version :D _______________ I have edit another version, which you can drag and drop file from desktop to phone, and fix bug put file to root folder _______________ Anyway, I am a big fan of wptools, thanks for helping me reduce time to fight with my WindowsPhone :D.
by bachlongvu on Apr 17, 2016 at 2:18 PM
i can;t download it
by gakhonglobs on Apr 16, 2014 at 4:30 AM
It won't download in IE or Edge as I get a Server 500 error so it appears the server is down? The error logs shows the following: Downloading did not succeed. + The remote server returned an error: (500) Internal Server Error.
by robinwilson16 on Mar 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM
Very nice tool! If you're experiencing issues with installer not finding assemblies, please follow the procedure below. To install Windows Phone Power Tools when installer returns System Update Required errors: 1. Open Microsoft .NET Global Assembly Cache (just open %systemroot%\Microsoft.NET\assembly\GAC_MSIL\ folder in an elevated Windows Explorer or FAR Manager) 2. Locate the folder with the name of the missing assembly under the GAC_MSIL folder. For example, if the System Update Required window references Microsoft.SmartDevice.Connectivty Version, find the folder with the corresponding name. 2. Open this folder, and you will see the v4.0_11.0.0.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a folder inside. 3. Copy this folder to the same folder under the name v4.0_12.0.0.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a 4. Click OK in the System Update Required window. 5. Open the website again and restart the installer. 6. Do steps 1-5 for all other assemblies that installer fails to locate. NOTE: When installer fails to find Microsoft.SmartDevice.ConnectivityWrapper.12, copy Microsoft.SmartDevice.ConnectivityWrapper.11 folder and change 11 to 12 in both the folder and DLL names inside!
by ExoticHadron on Dec 28, 2015 at 10:30 AM
how to download this file
by khalil_sial09 on Dec 15, 2015 at 3:27 PM
is very good
by codricci on Oct 17, 2015 at 5:21 AM
Please Help me. i missing Microsoft.SmartDevice.ConnectivityWrapper.12
by kuat_aji on May 4, 2015 at 11:39 PM
güncellme sürümü diyor
by emreemre123 on Apr 19, 2015 at 12:59 PM
good i'll try it
by osamaabouria on Mar 12, 2015 at 7:32 PM
If you get an error about microsoft.smartdevice.connectivity not being in your GAC, be sure you have installed the 8.0 version of the windows phone SDK with your VS 2013 installer (you can go to add/remove programs and modify your install). The 8.1 version of the tools is included in update 4 of VS 2013, but does not have v11 of this DLL as required.
by schuddle on Jan 8, 2015 at 12:39 AM
wow banget deh buat applikasi ini
by ambia202 on Dec 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM
Can not install that on Windows 7 x64. 1st - was need .NET 4.5 (installed now) 2nd - but need Microsoft.VisualStudio.OLE.Interop version 7.1.40304.0 - and i can't install that. Can't find anywhere. How can i install this tools without "oneclick installer" ? I think this is installer error..
by thereallundz on Nov 17, 2014 at 7:06 AM
good job therm thx q
by konemon on Nov 14, 2014 at 5:11 PM
Need for WP8.0
by JuliusCrash on Nov 10, 2014 at 4:59 PM
good soo much
by caominhhuy on Oct 31, 2014 at 9:04 AM
ممتاز جداَ
by r12134 on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:03 PM
by rame20004 on Sep 19, 2014 at 12:18 PM
good application
by Aron0627 on Aug 27, 2014 at 6:23 PM
not functions in Windows server 2012 r2 datacenter only shows the listbox
by windows629200 on Jul 30, 2014 at 7:11 PM
by yanmoscardi on Jul 21, 2014 at 1:02 AM
Nao sei como eu baixo e tem que adicionar instalar no sd card, eu ete consiguir baixar mais n instala no pc affs
by geralmente on Jul 20, 2014 at 11:08 PM
Same issue as user dogfather2: missing Microsoft.SmartDevice.Connectivity.dll assembly.
by KristofVDV on Jul 16, 2014 at 10:07 AM
It was great for WP8 and earlier, but I (like others) am unable to connect to WP8.1. If anyone is monitoring this site, we would appreciate knowing whether to expect an update in the near future.
by cheers on Jun 7, 2014 at 12:03 AM
Please develop for the WP 8.1 version
by KusanagiKun on Jun 2, 2014 at 2:53 AM
very good thanks
by Adiko on May 26, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Not working with Lumia 920 runing on developer preview 8.1, can`t connect to phone. Everything was greate on 8.0
by zBear on Apr 21, 2014 at 7:11 AM
Where Do I Download it
by Alex54515 on Apr 20, 2014 at 10:39 PM
can't connect my phone after updated to 8.1 :(
by mavuongk on Apr 15, 2014 at 2:43 AM
good app is this best ever
by hisyamhawari on Mar 31, 2014 at 8:28 AM
s is goodten good
by herte on Feb 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM
i can not install app continue. this app show me it have codeplex
by kimhoeun on Feb 11, 2014 at 10:12 AM
Guys, this app is absolutely awesome! Thank you!
by nighilanth on Feb 9, 2014 at 7:48 PM
How to make it installed on Windows 7??? I want to work it with WP8. Only WP7 SDK can be installed on Windows 7.
by hijstlk on Feb 5, 2014 at 10:22 AM
I can't install the app, it said I it needs Microsoft VisualStudio or something.
by lukkajong on Jan 21, 2014 at 7:23 PM
Hello, I am new to this. For some reason after I install it looks nothing like the screenshots in the homepage and I can not see where do I get to the file explorer.
by aandino on Dec 31, 2013 at 4:55 AM
Great job, guys!)) I was pleasantly surprised, because it works on my Windows 7! WOW!
by ChpoKDev on Dec 7, 2013 at 2:45 PM
Great tool! Developer was very responsive to feedback and implemented my suggestions.
by RandomEngy on Sep 30, 2013 at 4:46 PM
Extremely useful!
by arthur_csertus on Sep 23, 2013 at 11:17 AM
extremely useful tool
by mandar_winphone on Jul 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Very helpful toolkit. Especially isolated storage explorer.
by medtondo on Jun 7, 2013 at 1:58 AM
Fantastic tool! Very useful, thanks!
by Shad78 on Jun 5, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Amazing work and tool. Default deployment tool should be replaced with this one. Microsoft, take a look!
by AlexSorokoletov on Apr 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM
This is the best tool of its kind on CodePlex - period. And yes people - it's only for WP8, just like its name says. Not the app developer's "fault" - so deal with it.
by dancolasanti on Apr 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Works perfectly for my WP8 =D.. thanx.. needed it badly
by StealthCoder on Mar 21, 2013 at 1:02 AM
On WIndows8 Pro the ClickOnce installer is blocked by SmartScreen..But forcing to continue install it perfectly.
by venetasoft on Jan 13, 2013 at 1:26 AM
This is so great! Made my dev a hundred times faster! A must have.
by cwbrandsdal on Jan 3, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Can not install that on Windows 7 x64. 1st - was need .NET 4.5 (installed now) 2nd - but need Microsoft.VisualStudio.OLE.Interop version 7.1.40304.0 - and i can't install that. Can't find anywhere. How can i install this tools without "oneclick installer" ? I think this is installer error..
by roman_ch on Jan 2, 2013 at 11:16 PM
yeah, excellent!
by Junhua on Dec 27, 2012 at 3:53 AM
Great toolkit, made it possible to copy user data from app to computer and back.
by wp8user on Dec 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM
Too bad. It makes me angry
by nghglong on Nov 17, 2012 at 6:53 PM
Does Not Detect My Windows Phone Help!!!
by MikeSetop on Nov 17, 2013 at 9:18 AM
Only Windows 8 is supported. Version hell like in the 80's.
by hfrmobile on Feb 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Cannot install because of a dependency on Microsoft.SmartDevice.Connectivity.dll in GAC. My PC doesn't have this dll in the GAC, only v12.
by dogfather2 on Apr 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM
by Cieldebonbon on Feb 14, 2015 at 9:49 PM
I am new to this website and do not know how to download this. Can someone please help?
by Nadim123833 on Dec 14, 2014 at 1:04 AM
are you joking? i installed it in Win 8, it said missing MS.Smartdevices.Connectivity v12 and in Win 8.1 it said missing MS.Smartdevices.Connectivity v11 !
by ngocthang on Sep 26, 2014 at 7:44 AM
by franpino on Sep 13, 2014 at 8:18 PM
i have problem with installation
by frenki on Aug 12, 2014 at 10:59 AM
plz could you be more specific in your steps , am not a Dev , it will hekp if you download a video explaining how to install the whole program :)
by farexynex on Jul 26, 2014 at 2:38 AM
Please Answer Me : i cant install WindowsPhonePowerTools i have windows 8.1 Enterprise and i installed VS2013_RTM_DskExp_ENU.iso and 2010 both give me this error Microsoft.Smartdevice.Connectivity i installed SDK too with web installer and Your zippy SDK i got this error too Microsoft.Smartdevice.Connectivity please tell me how to fix it im trying to fix it from 1 week and i dont know how to delete refrence from source code ! please answer me i want open windows phone power tools
by adel_aimbot on Jul 9, 2014 at 1:51 AM
Good. You get to download: - Microsoft.Smartdevice.Connectivity version 11 and - Microsoft.Smartdevice.Connectivity version 12.
by devmary2014 on Jul 21, 2014 at 12:33 PM