VS2013 Update 2 RC – Error APPX3210

If you stumble across the following error message with Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC:

1>[…]\Package.appxmanifest(19,64): error APPX3210: App manifest references the image ‘Assets/Icon150.png’ which does not have a candidate in main app package.

have a look a at the manifest file. In my case I had been using forward slashes in some of the asset paths. While this used to work before update 2 it now leads to an error. So to fix this I had to replace this:

<m2:DefaultTile Square310x310Logo="Assets\Icon310.png" 

with this:

<m2:DefaultTile Square310x310Logo="Assets\Icon310.png" 

and the error went away.


Windows 8.1 Search Indexing

Recently my Windows Search started to misbehave. It consumed large amounts of memory and CPU time. In addition, the index (in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data) grew to several gigabytes.

To workaround that, I tried to reduce the indexed locations (Win + W, “change how windows searches”) and rebuild the index. So I changed the locations to only index Documents and hit “Rebuild”:


While this fixed the issues mentioned before, something new occurred. Suddenly, every time I tried to search for something in the search charm the computer began to freeze, keystrokes were not accepted at all or with a severe delay. The troubleshooter


did not produce any meaningful results and rebuilding the index did not help either.

It turned out, the solution is that you have to have your AppData folder in the indexed locations. So if you have the same problem just add


back the the indexed locations, rebuild your index, and you are good to go again.

VS2013 build fails without errors

I just had a case where my Visual Studio 2013 solution failed to build even though no errors were displayed in the output pane or the log. The same happened for all the other targets (Clean Solution etc.). Building from the command line using msbuild directly, on the other hand, worked fine. The solution (as in previous VS versions) was to delete the user-specific settings. So a quick:

del /s /q *.user

fixed the problem for me.

Spotify App auf Windows Phone 7 in Deutschland / Spotify on Windows Phone 7 from Germany

Seit einigen Tagen ist nach langer Wartezeit endlich Spotify fuer das Windows Phone 7 erschienen. Leider, leider wurde die App nicht in den deutschen Marketplace eingestellt. Mit einem kleinen Trick ist es aber trotzdem moeglich, die Spotify App auch aus Deutschland heraus zu nutzen.


  • Ein ungelocktes Telefon. Am einfachsten mit einem Entwickleraccount, ansonsten ChevronWP oder aehnliches
  • Ein bezahlter Spotify Premium Account

Der Schluessel zur Installation ist ein kleines Tool names Phone7Market. Damit ist es moeglich, die .XAP Pakete fuer kostenlose Apps aus dem Marketplace zu laden. Praktischerweise wird nicht nur der deutsche Marketplace unterstuetzt, sondern auch die anderssprachigen Varianten.


Mit einer einfachen Suche im en-US Marketplace nach “Spotify” findet man das entsprechende Paket und es laesst sich aus dem Tool heraus direkt auf dem Device installieren:


Abschliessend ist noch zu sagen dass die App hervorragend funktioniert und eine sehr angenehme Metro Oberflaeche zum eigenen Spotify-Profil bereit stellt.

Viel Spass!