Silverlight - Environment Setup

Microsoft provides two important tools for Silverlight application development. They are −

  • Visual Studio
  • Expression Blend

Currently, both tools can create Silverlight projects, but the fact is that Visual Studio is used more by developers while Blend is still used more often by designers. Microsoft provides a free version of visual studio, which can be downloaded from For this tutorial, we will be mostly using Visual Studio.


Step 1 − Once Silverlight is downloaded, run the installer. The following dialog box will be displayed.

Silverlight Downloaded

Step 2 − Click the Install button and it will start the installation process.

Installation Process

Step 3 − Once Sivelight is installed successfully, you will see the following dialog box.

Successfully Installed

Step 4 − Close this dialog box and restart your computer if required.

Step 5 − Now open Visual studio from the Start menu, which will open the dialog box shown below. It will take some time for preparation, while staring for the first time.

Visual Studio

Step 6 − Next, you will see the main window of Visual Studio.

Window Visual Studio

Step 7 − Now, to start with Silverlight application, you also need to install Silverlight Developer tool on your machine. Download and install the latest Silverlight Developer tool from here

Silverlight Application

Step 8 − Click Install. It will take some time for installation.

Silverlight Install

Step 9 − Once the installation is complete, you will see the following message.

Successfully Installed

Step 10 − Now you are ready to build your first Silverlight application. Click Close.