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An iPhone theme for the Windows Phone 7 emulator!

, 6 Apr 2011 CPOL
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Creating an iPhone-styled Windows Phone emulator.

I read this great post by Jeff Wilcox yesterday. Jeff has changed his Windows Phone emulator default theme, making it identical to a Samsung WP device. He describes the process of changing the default look-and-feel of the emulator and also provides the .png and .psd files he used.

Reading that post, I came up with a crazy idea: why not create an iPhone-styled Windows Phone emulator? Pretty cool, huh? So, here's the result:

iPhone-styled Windows Phone emulator


The unzipped folder contains the following elements:

  • Licence.txt
  • WM7_Skin.xml
  • WM7_Skin_Down.png
  • WM7_Skin_Mask.png
  • WM7_Skin_Up.png
  • WPiPhone.psd

How to install

Changing the emulator's default theme is quite easy:

  • Unzip the folder you downloaded.
  • Navigate to C:\Program Files\Microsoft XDE\1.0 (or C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft XDE\1.0).
  • Replace WM7_Skin.xml, WM7_Skin_Down.png, WM7_Skin_Mask.png, and WM7_Skin_Up.png with the ones I provide you. You'd better keep the original files in another place.


WM7_Skin.xml and WM7_Skin_Mask.png are the exact same files from Jeff's blog post. The iPhone GUI is taken from teehan+lax blog. Enjoy!

Attention: This iPhone theme for the Windows Phone emulator is unofficial. Only home use is permitted. You cannot display the "hacked" emulator in public. Please remove the Windows logo if you have no legal rights to use it.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Vangos Pterneas
Product Manager LightBuzz
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Vangos Pterneas is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in the Kinect technology. He helps companies from all over the world grow their revenue by creating profitable software products. Vangos is the owner of LightBuzz Software agency and author of two technical books.

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