WinCE: Platform Builder Installation

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Visit Windows Embedded CE Developer Center before you get started with Windows Embedded CE 6.0. The following section provides a brief summary of the Platform Builder plugin for Visual Studio 2005 installation process:

Admolition note.png Installation must be done in the specified order
  1. Install a purchased Visual Studio® 2005 or download and install Visual Studio® 2005 Trial
    - Visual Studio® 2005 Trial
  2. Install a purchased Windows Embedded CE 6.0 (Plug In for Visual Studio 2005) or download and install Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Evaluation Edition
    - Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Evaluation Edition
  3. Download and install Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Team Suite Service Pack 1
    - Team Suite SP1 for VS2005
  4. Admolition note.png Verify that the VS 2005’s About box indicates the presence of Service Pack 1
  5. Download and install Windows CE 6.0 SP1 Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Platform Builder Service Pack 1
    - Windows CE 6.0 SP1
  6. Admolition caution.png There is a bug in the KITL debug engine that ships with PB6.0 SP1. To resolve this, save the file C:\Program Files\Microsoft Platform Builder\6.00\cepb\bin\SysDbgEm.dll before installing PB6.0 SP1 and overwrite it with the saved copy after completing the installation
  7. Download and install Windows CE 6.0 R2 update
    - Platform Builder 6 R2
  8. Download and install the Windows CE 6.0 R3 update
    - Platform Builder 6 R3
  9. Install all QFE’s that were released after R3
    - Platform Builder QFE's

Platform Builder with Windows Vista/Windows 7 64 bit

When working with a 64 bit operating system, complete the installation as specified above.
To have a properly functioning Platform Builder environment read the following post by Michael H: Making PB work on a 64 bit machine This is a summary of the described steps:

  • Check whether PB is installed properly
- in VS2005 go to Tools->Platform Builder for CE 6.0->CE Update Check, If you get an error message that PB is not installed then you need to fix the registry.
  • Fix the registry on your desktop machine. The following file is the export of the registry changes we made Registry changes in a .reg format. You should be able to use the same file. No guarantee is given.
Admolition warning.png Make sure to backup your registry before manipulating it