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Enable your device for development – UWP app developer | Microsoft Docs

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/10/20

From [WayBack] Enable your device for development – UWP app developer | Microsoft Docs:

Run these as administrator on the command prompt to:

Enable Sideloading

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModelUnlock" /t REG_DWORD /f /v "AllowAllTrustedApps" /d "1"

Enable Developer Mode

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModelUnlock" /t REG_DWORD /f /v "AllowDevelopmentWithoutDevLicense" /d "1"

Needed for WinAppDriver to test applications from Selenium or Katalon

When you run WinAppDriver without it, you get this:

C:\Users>"C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Application Driver\WinAppDriver.exe"
Failed to initialize: 0x80004005
Despite WinAppDriver running fine as non-administrative user, the reason was given that it requires administrative privileges: [WayBack] Why does WinAppDriver.exe require developer mode? · Issue #165 · Microsoft/WinAppDriver · GitHub.

SetCapabilities name parameters and values

Various searches for what to pass as parameters to SetCapabilities failed, but the list is right at the README, but without any mention SetCapabilities, so search engines miss it with for instance “SetCapabilities” “WinAppDriver” – Google Search that only returned these links:

Supported Capabilities

Below are the capabilities that can be used to create Windows Application Driver session.

Capabilities Descriptions Example
app Application identifier or executable full path Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge
appArguments Application launch arguments
appTopLevelWindow Existing application top level window to attach to 0xB822E2
appWorkingDir Application working directory (Classic apps only) C:\Temp
platformName Target platform name Windows
platformVersion Target platform version 1.0


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