Here are some common errors, I actually managed to go through all of them today so I had the opportunity to take screen shots. If you read my tweet earlier about being rather upset, it wasn’t about this but some personal issues. Being able to focus on code and creation really helps when things don’t go my way, and the kind messages I get from you all also helps a lot, bits and bytes can’t solve everything (even if I wish it could). Anyway, hope I can give something back with this little WTF-guide for WP8 registration:
…make sure that the Windows Phone IP Over USB Transport(IpOverUsbSvc) service is running
The service is probably running, but more than once I’ve had to restart it to get it working. You can restart the service in a few ways. You can go to services (found under Administrative Tools in Control Panel), find the service by sorting by either service: IpOverUsbSvc or name: Windows Phone IP Over USB Transport.
Or simply open PowerShell in admin mode, run: restarts-service IpOverUsbSvc . You can check the status of the service with get-service IpOverUsbSvc , and start and stop it with start-service and stop-service command. Make sure to add the service name afterwards so you don’t accidentally restart, stop or start all services.
Phone name is already in use by this account
Go to file explorer and change the name by right clicking on the device and selecting rename. Afterwards you might need to close file explorer and/or the Windows Phone Developer Registration app.
Too many phones have already been registered with your account
Log in online to you Windows phone developer account, and unregister one of the phones under phones. There is a max of 3 usually.
Device lockscreen has to be unlocked (and it is unlocked)
If you get this and the phone lockscreen is not locked on then unplug the USB cable and plug it back in and then unlock the screen before selecting retry.
Can’t find any devices
Unplug the USB cable and try a different port, try also a different USB cable, and restarting the Windows Phone IP Over USB Transport service (see error 1).
Also worth a try when everything else fails:
- Make sure you have internet access
- Make sure you have a developer account that has been registered and activated!
- If you have WP7 you will need Zune – make sure you have the latest version
- Make sure Date and time settings are right
- Switch USG port/and or cable
- Repair/Reinstall WP8 SDK
If you have Mango:
- Turn of WiFi on the device
- Check that you can log into your dev account from the device
- If the phone has been registered before, unregister it and then register it again
- Reboot PC and device
- Hard reset the phone