"File not found" error when deploying to Windows Phone 8


I'm trying to deploy my first Windows Phone 8 app to my brand new Lumia 920, after getting everything up and running on the emulator, but I'm running into the following error during deployment:

1>------ Deploy started: Project: AudioFilteringPhone, Configuration: Debug ARM ------
1>Deploying C:\Users\<username>\Documents\Visual Studio 2012\Projects\AudioFiltering\AudioFiltering\Bin\ARM\Debug\AudioFiltering_Debug_ARM.xap...
1>Connecting to Device...
1>Optimizing for device...
1>Installing the application...
1>Deployment of application to device failed.
1>Error writing file '%FOLDERID_SharedData%\PhoneTools\11.0\Install\{29b31259-9af9-47a5-9891-c3098315d3d8}\AudioFiltering_Debug_ARM.xap'. Error 0x80070003: The system cannot find the path specified.

If I manually try to deploy using the Deployment tool, I get the same error. Does anyone know what the cause of this is and how to alleviate it? This happens even if I just start a new WP8 app and immediately try to deploy it, so it's something wrong with my environment, not my application configuration.

asked on Stack Overflow Dec 28, 2012 by staticfloat

3 Answers


I had exactly the same problem, but solved it by simply rebooting the phone. No software updates were required.

answered on Stack Overflow Apr 30, 2014 by dmc

It turns out that there were software updates that needed to be installed. If anyone knows a way to find out the names of the updates applied, I will post them here, otherwise all I can say is that I had to update to OS version 8.0.10211.204.

answered on Stack Overflow Dec 28, 2012 by staticfloat

This also can be because of wrong USB cable or port. I have a long cable for charging which works with android devices, but doesn't with WP. Or maybe using another USB port helped.

answered on Stack Overflow May 13, 2014 by Tertium

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