How can I debug Windows UWP apps in parallels?


When I try to debug my UWP project from Visual Studio 2017 running in Windows 10 in a parallels instance, it always errors out that it cannot find the AppxManifest: DEP0700: Registration of the app failed. [0x80073CF0] error 0x80070003: Opening file from location: AppxManifest.xml failed with error: The system cannot find the path specified

asked on Stack Overflow Dec 27, 2017 by retroGiant

1 Answer


The steps to resolve this issue are as follows:

  1. Unload the UWP project (Right-click on project and then select "Unload Project")
  2. Edit the project file in VS (Right-click on unloaded project and then select "Edit ...")
  3. Find an XML entry for the OutputPath. For instance the entry for OutputPath when building for Debug|x86 should look like bin/x86/Debug. Notice that the entry contains relative path.
  4. Edit the path to an absolute path on one of VMs drives. For instance, to set the path to the C:\UWPBuilds\x86\Debug directory.
  5. Close the project file
  6. Reload the project (Right-click on unloaded project and then select "Reload Project").

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answered on Stack Overflow Dec 27, 2017 by retroGiant

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