you want to install Windows Mobile software on your Pocket PC or Pocket PC Phone? If your PC is running Windows Vista, you already have everything you need to do just that. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to install new software on a Windows Mobile Pocket PC from Windows Vista.
Before we begin, it's important to understand that there are two types of
Windows Mobile installation files: (1) those which must be run and installed
from your Windows Vista PC (usually .EXE files), and (2) those which must be transferred
to a Pocket PC before they can be installed (usually .CAB files).
For installation instructions, select which type of
file you have to install:
Most Windows Mobile software is installed to your Pocket PC through
Windows Mobile Device Center, the synchronization utility installed on your Windows Vista PC. Windows Mobile Device Center is like ActiveSync, the synchronization utility used with pervious versions of Windows.
Step 1: Download the Windows Mobile Software
Using your computer, download the
software you wish to install to your Pocket PC. We recommend downloading to your Windows Desktop so you'll be able to find the file later:
Step 2: Run the Software Installation File (EXE or MSI)
Run the installation file on your Vista PC by double-clicking
it on the Windows Desktop (or wherever the file is stored). This should be done while your Pocket PC is
synced with Windows Mobile Device Center:
The installation program will install files to your
computer's hard drive, then establish a link with
your Pocket PC through Windows Mobile Device Center, copying the needed files to your handheld's onboard memory:
If you have a Windows Mobile 5 handheld, you'll see a pop-up on the Pocket PC's screen to confirm the installation. Tap Yes. If you have a flash memory card installed, a second screen will also appear allowing you to choose the installation destination, internal memory or flash card. Make your choice and tap Install. Allow the process to complete:
The program is now installed. A soft reset may be
required for some software installations. To run the program, locate it in your Programs menu by tapping Start > Programs:
Pocket PC / Windows Mobile software requires that it be installed directly from the
Pocket PC itself. These software setup titles are usually distributed as .CAB files.
Step 1: Locate and Copy the .CAB Installation File
First, you must move
the .CAB Windows Mobile installation file to
your Pocket PC. Sync the Pocket PC with Windows Vista. After synchronization has completed, select
the Browse the contents of this device feature from Windows Mobile Device Center's
File Management menu:
This feature allows you to browse the contents
your Pocket PC's internal storage like you would browse your
computer's hard drive(s). Once the window is open, go to your Windows Desktop
(or wherever the .CAB file you want to move to the Pocket
PC is stored). Right-click it. From the drop-down menu, select Copy. Return
to the explorer window showing the content of your Pocket PC's storage,
right-click somewhere in the window, and select Paste:
The .CAB file will be copied to the Pocket PC. Allow this process to complete. Remove
your Pocket PC from its cradle or disconnect its sync cable. On your Pocket PC, run File
Explorer in the Program folder on the Start
Find the file you moved in File Explorer. When you
find it, double-tap it. It will install itself on
your Pocket PC and add its icon to the Start Menu, or
the Programs folder.
You're done. The program will now appear in the Programs folder:
Once the software has been installed, feel free to delete the .CAB file from your Pocket PC's memory if you wish.
Installing Software to a Windows Mobile Smartphone?
This tutorial applies to the Windows Mobile for Pocket PC and Windows Mobile for Pocket PC Phone Edition operating systems, not Windows Mobile for Smartphone. Take a look at this article to better understand the differences between Pocket PCs, Pocket PC Phones and Windows Mobile Smartphones.
If you're having trouble installing software, such as Mozilla's Minimo, on a Windows Mobile Smartphone, take a look at this article in our Help Center.
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