Join Walt Ritscher for an in-depth discussion in this video Get your computer ready for development, part of Visual Studio 2015 Essentials 07: Understanding Project Types.
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- If you want to create apps that run on Windows 10 or follow along with the demos in this course, you'll need to get your computer ready to make apps. The steps outlined here ensure that you can create universal Windows apps and create cross platform mobile apps with Xamarin and Cordova. Here's what you need to do. To make universal Windows apps, you need to install Windows 10 first. This is easy to do. You can download a free upgrade of Windows 10 if you have Windows 7, Windows 8, or a Windows 8.1 computer.
As long as you get the upgrade before August 2016, you won't have to pay for Windows 10. Despite rumors to the contrary, the upgrade is free for the lifetime of the computer. No hidden fees or subscriptions later. If you only plan on making Xamarin and Cordova apps, this is not a requirement. You can use earlier versions of Windows. If you are using the Apache Cordova tools, you'll need to have the Google Chrome browser installed. You need Visual Studio 2015 installed. If you need instructions on how to do this, watch my Visual Studio 2015 Essential 01: Exploring the Visual Studio Ecosystem course.
I have a video here with the steps needed to install Visual Studio. So from this point forward, I will assume that you already have installed Visual Studio, but you might need to make modifications to your existing install so that you can do the Windows 10 development and the mobile development. Here's how you do that. Open the Program and Features control panel item. Search for Visual Studio. On my machine, I have two copies of Visual Studio installed.
I have Enterprise 2015 installed. You might have the community edition or the pro edition. The steps I show for modification are exactly the same. Click the Change button. Then click on the Modify button. The first place I'll look is in this Windows and Web Development section. Make sure you have a check mark here in the Universal Windows App Development Tools. If you are interested in using the mobile development tools, move to the Cross Platform section and select the Xamarin check box.
Here it is, and there's also the Apache Cordova Update 4. Select that. And once you selected those items, you click on the Update button. Now that that software is installed and updated, it's time to investigate the various project types in Visual Studio.