Installing Delisted Titles on Windows Phone 8
Recently I was informed about a method to install a delisted title on a Windows Phone 8 device by NBA Kirkland
, who obtained the steps from someone else. This is of particular interest because some games, specifically Mass Effect: Infiltrator, were delisted and do not work for Windows 10 Mobile. It doesn't help that it's not possible to re-download for Windows 10 Mobile as well.
1) Register your device as a developer-unlocked device.
This is required to install applications that do not originate from the Microsoft Store:https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/f....105
2) Setup VisualStudio with the Windows Phone SDK.
You'll need a copy of Visual Studio with .net Framework and the Windows Phone SDK installed. If you for some reason have Visual Studio Professional installed, like I do, you're likely already good to go, though you may need to install the Windows Phone SDK if you did not do this previously. If, like most, you do not have this installed, you can install Visual Studio 2015 Community which comes with Windows Phone SDK 8.1 with Update 2.https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/
3) Find a valid XAP file for installation.
Thanks to NBA Kirkland, a valid XAP installation for Mass Effect: Infiltrator can be found here:http://windowsphonefun.com/mass-effect-infiltrator-xap/
The link to download looks like this:
Download XAP: Direct DOWNLOAD
4) Install the XAP file to your device.
Run C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v8.1\Tools\AppDeploy\AppDeploy.exe
Ensure that your phone is connected to your PC, and that "Device" is selected. Browse to the XAP location, and select Deploy. If you receive an error, such as "Could not find end of central directory", the file was not created as a proper archive and will not install.
Now, the interesting side effects of this. This means that other applications, such as Star Wars: Battle for Hoth, that do not run properly on Windows 10 Mobile could be re-installed on a Windows Phone 8 device. There's also the ability to install OLDER versions of applications, such as Asphalt 7: Heat, and working around updates that have broken achievements.
If anyone finds working XAPs for the following games, with the following versions, please link them so others can obtain them. These were chosen based on achievements broken due to update, helpful glitches in specific versions, or compatibility/availability issues in Windows 10 Mobile. Please note that these must connect to Xbox LIVE.
Asphalt 7: Heat - v184.108.40.206 [FOUND]
Despicable Me: Minion Rush - Anything lower than 4.X
Lara Croft: Relic Run - v1.5.70 to anything below 220.127.116.11 (curses removed in 18.104.22.168)
Mass Effect: Infiltrator: Any (not available on W10M, not compatible with W10M) [FOUND]
Mirror's Edge: Any (not available on W10M)
Tetris Blitz - v1.5.X, v1.7.X (for Replay glitch)
Six-Guns - Any (for achievement glitch on WP8 devices)
Star Wars: Battle for Hoth - v1.3
Posted by Shadow Kisuragi
on 17 January 17 at 02:15
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