How to Create a Windows 8 Metro Style Application using Visual Studio 2011?

People often asked me to start a Video Tutorial series on Windows 8 Metro Style Application development using Visual Studio 2011 and here is first part of the series. The series will include the video tutorial as well as some text to give you easy access to the code.


In this first part (10 mint Video Tutorial), we will learn how to get started with the Project and also we will learn the project structure. Later we will have a small demo to show you how to develop your first “Hello Metro Style Application” using Visual Studio 2011 IDE. Continue to the tutorial to learn more.



Before starting with the development process, you need to setup your dev environment first. Download and install the Windows 8 Developer Preview with Developer Tools in a virtual environment, if you not yet done that step. A complete installation procedure is already documented in this article: “Step-by-Step Tutorial to Setup Windows8 in VMWare”.


Download Windows 8 Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64) from: Windows Dev Centre (ISO image, 4.8 GB). All of the following come on the disk image file (.iso):

    • 64-bit Windows 8 Developer Preview
    • Windows SDK for Metro style apps
    • Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows 8 Developer Preview
    • Microsoft Expression Blend 5 Developer Preview
    • 28 Metro style apps including the BUILD Conference app


Warning Before Installation

The Windows 8 Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers. These downloads include pre-release software that may change without notice. The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment. The features and functionality in the pre-release software may not appear in the final version. Some product features and functionality may require advanced or additional hardware, or installation of other software.


Note: You can't uninstall the Windows 8 Developer Preview. To go back to your previous operating system, you must reinstall it from restore or installation media.


Video Tutorial



End Note

Hope, this tutorial was helpful for you to understand the basic structure of the Metro style application project. After going thru it, you will be able to create your first “Hello Metro Style Application” demo.


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  1. great going kunal. looking forward for more video tutorials.

  2. hey Kunal, congratulations!! well i'm watching it, well exp.

  3. Seen previous videos ! Was expecting something New :) !!!

  4. @Gopal, this is just the beginning. More video tutorials will come for you definitely.

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  6. Such great tips, bookmarking this post!

  7. I'm downloading it now to watch it later thanks 4 ur work

  8. windows 8 ll rule over the world...
    MCX Today

  9. I will eagerly look forward to your incoming updates.

  10. nice information, thanks a lot.....

  11. great tutorial, give us some more tutorials, metro applications are the future

  12. Thanks for the great tutorial!!!

  13. Hi Kunal,
    Can Windows 7 SDK be run on Visual Studio 2012 on Windows 8 OS .Please let me know asap.

  14. Hi Debarati,

    You can't install WP7.x SDK in Visual Studio 2012. If you install it in Windows 8, you will get the free Visual Studio 2010 Express Edition with the SDK installation itself, which you can use to develop your Windows Phone apps.

    In short, WP7.x SDK don't support Visual Studio 2012 till date.


  15. I thought it was going to be some boring old post, but it really compensated for my time.

  16. Hi,
    Kudos to you for this amazing post.

  17. Hello kunal sir,i glad to see your presentation and i hope you will help more to make this more interesting.Thanks for share this with us.


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