Must be running WIndows 8 on the desktop with Hyper-V to develop Windows Phone 8 applications however. Hyper-V is virtualization software and is required to run Windows Phone 8 desktop emulator.
Apparently client Hyper-V bundled for free in latest version of Windows 8 but it is not installed by default. Client Hyper-V is similar to stand-alone virtualization platforms such as VMware Workstation and VirtualBox. Client Hyper-V has stringent hardware requirements. Not every PC will be able to run it. You need a 64-bit processor that can support Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). You also need at least 4GB of RAM. If you’re in doubt about your PC, you can run a utility like Coreinfo to find out if SLAT is supported on your machine. Many notebook-edition CPUs do not support SLAT, but most desktop processors do. If you’re running the most recent generation of Intel or AMD processors, then you’re golden.
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