Android Development on Windows Cheat Sheet

Trying to bring up an Android emulator using Eclipse, I kept getting the error:

Unknown virtual device name.

Could not find virtual device.

It turns out there is an issue with using non-default home directories in Windows. Since I never run with my home directory on the C drive (mine happens to be on G:\doten) I had to create a user environment variable to point the Android SDK to the proper location:


The emulator then start up properly.

Well, sort of. The emulator would start then immediately crash. Turns out there’s some issue with using 8 MB for the SD Card size. Deleted the virtual device and recreated with an SD Card size of 10 MB and all is good.