Microsoft.SmartDevice.Connectivity requirement


I am trying to install Windows Phone Power Tools on a Windows 8.1 machine with VS 2013 with the Windows Phone 8.0 SDK installed. The ClickOnce installer is displaying the message:

"Unable to install or run the application. The application requires that assembly Microsoft.SmartDevice.Connectivity Version be installed in the Global Assembly Cache (GAC) first.

More information on this system update can be found by visiting the site here."

The link takes me to the CodePlex site for Windows Phone Power Tools.

Any idea where I get this assembly?

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Closed Nov 21, 2013 at 12:35 AM by nachmore
This should (finally) be fixed in 2.5.5. Sorry for the delay.


nachmore wrote Jul 18, 2013 at 12:58 AM

I can't repro this on Blue - does your WP SDK work?

erickfiveten wrote Aug 1, 2013 at 9:18 PM

I am having exactly the same issue. Running VS 2013 and WP8 SDK.

My device is a Surface Pro.

AlexSorokoletov wrote Aug 6, 2013 at 10:25 AM

So how did you solve this?
Have same issues with VS 2012 Express

mnero0429 wrote Aug 6, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Yes, my WP SDK does work correctly, as far as I can tell. I am actively developing a Window Phone 8 app with it and VS 2013.

stefanmihai wrote Sep 3, 2013 at 11:56 PM

I'm experiencing the same problem after a clean install of Windows 8.1 Preview.

christianjensen wrote Sep 16, 2013 at 9:49 PM

I have the same issue....

AlexSorokoletov wrote Sep 16, 2013 at 10:32 PM

What is interesting, reinstalling WP 8 SDK really helped.

fehaar wrote Sep 20, 2013 at 7:58 AM

I could not reinstall the WP8 SDK. It claimed that Compatibility mode is on for the installer and will not run. I am on 8.1.

mnero0429 wrote Sep 25, 2013 at 7:18 PM

After a fresh install of Windows 8.1 (not the preview) and VS 2013 RC, I am still receiving this message.

gregpxc wrote Sep 27, 2013 at 6:08 AM

I am having the same issue on 8.1 rtm and VS2013 RC. Tried everything I could think of.

bojanv wrote Oct 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Same issue here. Even after reinstalling the SDK, power tools still don't work :( Same error.

Crazy7 wrote Oct 19, 2013 at 3:09 PM

I also get this error @ win8.1 + vs2013 + wp8.0 sdk, but I fixed it by download and build the source code in my local enviroment.

naturalwalker wrote Oct 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Here are the steps to fix this issue
  1. Download the latest source code.
  2. In projects WindowsPhone.Tools and WindowsPhonePowerTools, remove the references to Microsoft.Smartdevice.Connectivity.dll and add "C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\assembly\GAC_MSIL\Microsoft.SmartDevice.Connectivity\v4.0_11.0.0.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a\Microsoft.Smartdevice.Connectivity.dll".
  3. In project WindowsPhone.Tools, remove the reference to Microsoft.Smartdevice.ConnectivityWrapper.10.dll.
  4. In RemoteAppIsoStoreItem.cs, remove “extern alias SmartDeviceConnectivityWrapper10;” at the beginning of the file.
  5. Again in RemoteAppIsoStoreItem.cs, find the following code and remove the else statement.
            if (remoteFileObject != null)


naturalwalker wrote Oct 29, 2013 at 12:32 PM

You can use the attached source code with my quick fix if you don't want to go through the above steps:

Araad wrote Nov 8, 2013 at 8:37 PM

naturalwalker and what's after 5?
in step 5, Should we remove "else .."??

inTagger wrote Nov 9, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Why don't you release with bug fixed?

naturalwalker wrote Nov 9, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Reply to Araad and inTagger:
Hi. I had attached my quick fix to my post. Please check the beginning of this work item and you will find the file (wptools_db57309d6afc.rar).

brmbjn wrote Nov 16, 2013 at 1:06 AM

step by step please for beginner user.

Flook2019 wrote Mar 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM


Fix ???? plssss

Flook2019 wrote Mar 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM


Fix ?? Plsss

adel_aimbot wrote Jul 9, 2014 at 1:54 AM

Please answer me guys i got same error im using VS 2013 and SDK and windows 8.1 enterprise and give me this error Microsoft.Smartdevice.Connectivity

sunilthori0001 wrote Aug 9, 2014 at 6:26 AM

plz give us full turturoil

sunilthori0001 wrote Aug 9, 2014 at 6:26 AM

how to remove reference

chrisvarns wrote Oct 28, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Have this issue with Windows 8.1, VS2013 Update 3, Win Phone 8.1 SDK.

echegodaev wrote Feb 3, 2015 at 10:39 AM

Sane issue with Windows 8.1. VS Ultimate 2013 Version 12.0.21005.1 REL, Win Phone 8.1 SDK.

bakulaww wrote Mar 23, 2015 at 4:28 AM

wtf guys, im just a typical kid and i can't understand how to install this NORMALLY!! i need the fixed and easy way to install this wp power tools... please, help me guys!! T_T

milanagravat wrote Sep 25, 2015 at 7:34 PM

N it is not successful...error says Microsoft.Visual studio.OLE.Interop version 7.1.40304.0 be installed in global assembly chache first... Please do something...i've tried almost everything

GreatMCGamer wrote Jan 22, 2016 at 12:39 PM

Where is the Lauch file. I cant find it anywhere. And does this really work on Windows 10? All I want is my Minecraft worlds from my phone to my PC.