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Windows Phone 7 emulator

Hi there

We are thinking of getting some of the staff Windows Phone 7.

Now for me to do some research on it, I need to get a phone but I thought it would be better to have an emulator to start with.

I am not a developer so I don't know much about the development tools, but I do know that you get an emulator with Windows Phone 7 dev tools which I have installed and I do have the emulator running.

However, the image of the Windows Phone OS that comes with it has only IE on it and nothing else. Also, this image doesn't act as a proper emulator in a way because it is not being detected in the Zune software I have installed.

I remember when we had Windows Mobile, there was this emulator with full Windows Mobile OS that was detected by the Active Sync software on XP and in the "mobility center" on Vista and 7.

So I wonder if someone can guide me in right direction here. I need a full Windows Phone OS image that works just like the OS that comes on a brand new phone that is available to buy. All the default tiles, the default apps, email, market place, ability to load new apps, be able to sync music to it using the Zune software installed on the same laptop.

Can someone help me here?
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Mikal613Commented:
there are pirated ways of doing so. The reason for the image is to test the software not do a trial run for the OS.

http://tnerd.com/2010/03/20/how-to-unlock-windows-phone-7-series-emulator/
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alex110109Author Commented:
Hi Mikal

Thanks for your respnse here but this is very suprising.

Who will benefit by running Windows Phone OS in an emulator other than developers?

IT support people like me I guess, but MS has never taken that kind of attitude, infact MS wants to help IT support people because then the users will buy the phones thinking yes, support is available.

Anyways, I will speak to Microsoft directly as well as we have some contacts we can probably use but I am sure I might also get the generic answer of "that's our policy".

As for the link you provided is good but the only problem is that the emulator image link is dead.

Anyhoo, I am not after cracked stuff, I was hoping more for normal way it used to be with Windows Mobile.

Thanks for your help.

I will leave this open just in case if someone else can come up with better information otherwise after a week or so, the points are yours :)
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