Could not find SDK Bing.Maps.Xaml, Version=1.0

If you download the sample from and you are using Windows 8.1 then you will run into the error:

Could not find SDK Bing.Maps.Xaml, Version=1.0”

Even you have Bing Map SDK for Windows 8.1 installed.

When you open the solution, the solution will suggest you to Retarget to Windows 8.1. Do not retarget the Windows Platform till you do the following.

1. Create a Bing Map Application (Get the Bing Map for Windows 8.1 here:,  


2. Open csproj file from the Bing Map Application you have just created using Notepad.

3. Copy the following section and replace it to the csproj sample application that you have downloaded.


    <!– A reference to the entire .Net Framework and Windows SDK are automatically included –>

    <SDKReference Include=”Bing.Maps.Xaml, Version=1.313.0825.0″>

      <Name>Bing Maps for C#, C++, or Visual Basic</Name>


    <SDKReference Include=”Microsoft.VCLibs, Version=12.0″>

      <Name>Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Package</Name>



4. Now Retarget to Windows 8.1.

5 Run.

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Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress ( till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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