What is Windows 8 developer license and how to get it

Are you trying to figure out what is Windows 8 Developer license and how to get a license for you? Learn more about Windows 8 developer license.

Windows 8 Apps are the new type of Apps designed for Windows 8. Those apps are different from traditional Windows applications and they run a different platform than the other regular applications. You cannot copy such Apps to other computers and run it just like you do with classic Windows applications. The new Metro Apps can be installed only from Windows Store.

What is Windows 8 Developer License

Windows 8 Developer License allows software developers (Windows 8 app developers) to develop Windows 8 style Apps and deploy it on their own computer to test the apps before they deploy through in the Microsoft Store.

Before a Windows App can be installed on a computer, it must be packaged by the developer as per requirements and certified by Windows store according to the certification rules. Before developers can initiate the packaging and certification procedure, it must be tested in the developer computer. In order to test such apps, a Developer License is required.

Windows 8 Developer License

It is pretty easy to apply for Windows 8 developer license and it is a free license. All you have to do is, follow the prompts from your Visual Studio to get the license and login using your Microsoft account.

If you are not automatically prompted to get a license, you can launch it from the menu. Go to the "Store" menu and select "Acquire Developer License..." as show below:

Acquire Developer License

To obtain the license, you need to Sign In using a Microsoft account. If you have a Hotmail id, that is your Microsoft account. If you don't have one, you can create a new account.

Register for Windows 8 developer license

Once you login, it may take a few seconds to complete the registration. At the end of the successful registration for Windows 8 developer license, you will see the following confirmation:

Developer license for Windows 8 Apps

The developer license is valid only for a specific duration and it depends on the license/validity of your Visual Studio as well.

The developer license is specific to a computer. Typically, a developer will obtain a developer license to test the Metro Apps. If you try to run the App on another computer (without going through the Windows Store), you will be prompted to obtain another developer license for that computer. You will require a separate license for each computer you want to test run your new App.

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Guest Author: Stephen F.18 Sep 2012

How to get a license of Windows 8 Developer preview article helped me a lot, I bought a latest laptop that was about to install latest Windows OS that way I was planning to install for Windows 8 OS only.

No idea initially how to install Windows 8, after seeing this article with proper guideline with relevant images, I came up with installing Windows 8 OS successfully. Good guideline, thanks.

Guest Author: Fernando C.18 Sep 2012

Windows 8 developer license article very informative, when Windows 8 OS real version release? Any idea?

Guest Author: Ed Leslie06 Jul 2014

I am not a developer and don't want a license. How do I get Microsoft off my back so I can get back to playing games?

Guest Author: Joanna Parry23 Aug 2014

My new pc has been set back to its factory settings and I have now lost developer app, so unable to use any Windows apps. Please can anyone help me? The pc is only 2 months old and I had a problem with it, so had to restore it. I cannot use any apps whatsoever.

Guest Author: Sharath10 Nov 2014

Is it compulsory to have developer license on a machine in which I want to test my app? I want to test an app on my friends machine. He has win 8 but he doesn't have vs.
Can I test app in his machine. If yes let me know the procedure.

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