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How to Download and Install Windows CE 5.0 Drivers



How to Download and Install Windows CE 5.0 Drivers




Windows CE 5.0 is a compact operating system designed for embedded devices such as smartphones, handheld computers, and industrial controllers. Windows CE 5.0 supports various hardware platforms and provides a rich set of features and services for developing and running applications.




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One of the essential components of Windows CE 5.0 is the driver, which is a software module that enables communication between the operating system and a specific hardware device. Drivers are usually provided by the device manufacturer or by third-party vendors.


In this article, we will show you how to download and install Windows CE 5.0 drivers for your device using two methods: using the Windows CE 5.0 Networked Media Device Feature Pack or using the Windows CE 5.0 Standard Software Development Kit (SDK).


Method 1: Using the Windows CE 5.0 Networked Media Device Feature Pack




The Windows CE 5.0 Networked Media Device Feature Pack is a cumulative product update rollup package that contains the latest updates for Windows CE 5.0 devices that support networked media scenarios such as digital media receivers, digital video recorders, and set-top boxes.


The feature pack also includes drivers for various networked media devices such as audio/video codecs, network adapters, storage controllers, and wireless adapters.


To download and install the Windows CE 5.0 Networked Media Device Feature Pack, follow these steps:


  • Go to the official Microsoft download page and select your language.



  • Click on the Download button and choose the installer file that matches your device's processor architecture (e.g., Armv4I.msi for ARM-based devices).



  • Save the installer file to your computer and run it as an administrator.



  • Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.



  • Restart your device to apply the changes.



Method 2: Using the Windows CE 5.0 Standard Software Development Kit (SDK)




The Windows CE 5.0 Standard Software Development Kit (SDK) is a toolset that enables developers to create applications and drivers for Windows CE 5.0 devices using Visual Studio 2005.


The SDK includes headers, libraries, samples, documentation, and tools for developing Windows CE 5.0 applications and drivers. It also includes emulators for testing and debugging purposes.


To download and install the Windows CE 5.0 Standard Software Development Kit (SDK), follow these steps:


  • Go to the official Microsoft download page and select your language.



  • Click on the Download button and choose the installer file that matches your computer's processor architecture (e.g., wce500sdk.msi for x86-based computers).



  • Save the installer file to your computer and run it as an administrator.



  • Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.



  • Launch Visual Studio 2005 and select File > New > Project.



  • In the New Project dialog box, select Visual C++ > Smart Device > Driver Wizard.



  • Enter a name and location for your driver project and click OK.



  • In the Driver Wizard dialog box, select your device platform (e.g., Pocket PC) and click Next.



  • Select your driver type (e.g., Stream Interface Driver) and click Next.



  • Select your driver options (e.g., Registry Settings) and click Next.



  • Select your driver files (e.g., Source Files) and click Next.



  • Review your driver settings and click Finish.



  • Build your driver project by selecting Build > Build Solution.



  • Copy your driver files (.dll or .sys) to your device using ActiveSync or other methods.



Register your driver in the device registry by creating a subkey under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Drivers\BuiltIn with a name that matches your driver name (e.g e0e6b7cb5c


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