Kinect developer preview for Windows 10!


This preview adds support for using Kinect with the built-in Windows.Devices.Perception APIs, and it also provides beta support for using Kinect with Windows Hello.

Getting started is easy. First, make sure you already have a working Kinect for Windows V2 attached to your Windows 10 PC. 

The Kinect Configuration Verifier can make sure everything is functioning okay. Also, make sure your Kinect has a good view of your face -  we recommend centering it as close to the top or bottom of your monitor as possible, and at least 0.5 meters from your face.

Then follow these steps to install the Kinect developer preview for Windows 10:

1. The first step is to opt-in to driver flighting. You can follow the instructions here to set up your registry by hand, or you can use the following text to create a .reg file to right-click and import the settings:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



2. Next, you can use Device Manager to update to the preview version of the Kinect driver and runtime:

                            1. Open Device Manager (Windows key + x, then m).

                            2. Expand “Kinect sensor devices”.

                            3. Right-click on "WDF KinectSensor Interface 0".

                            4. Click "Update Driver Software..."

                            5. Click “Search automatically for updated driver software”.

                            6. Allow it to download and install the new driver.

                            7. Reboot.

Once you have the preview version of the Kinect for Windows V2 driver (version 2.1.1511.11000 or higher), you can start developing sensor apps for Windows 10 using Visual Studio 2015 with Windows developer tools. You can also set up Windows Hello to log in using your Kinect.

1. Go to “Settings->Accounts->Sign-in options”.

2. Add a PIN if you haven’t already.

3. In the Windows Hello section, click “Set up” and follow the instructions to enable Windows Hello!

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Many of you have probably already noticed that our Kinect for Windows developer webpage has a new home under the Windows Dev Center. This is where you can go to learn about the features of the v2 sensor and the free Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0, and to get information about building Kinect-enabled Windows apps.Other Content and Resources:


The Kinect for Windows team wants to keep you in the loop on interesting adjacent technologies in the NUI and devices spaces. We are working on ways to give you more updates on more of these emerging solutions. In Windows 10 we have some new Cortana capabilities for devs that we thought you should know about. Get started by checking out the links below:

1. Get to know Cortana with “Cortana Overview video

2. Cortana Development for beginner: Cortana Extensibility in Universal Windows Apps

3. Learn more on Cortana and Speech Platform In Depth

4. Check out the new Cortana page under Windows Dev Center

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