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Installing the Windows Embedded Compact Edition 2013 Update for Visual Studio 2013

I wanted to install the Windows Embedded Compact Edition 2013 Update that is compatible with Visual Studio 2013. But I discovered that the install process is poorly described. What follows is what I found out (most of it) myself.

    The Windows Embedded Compact Edition 2013 download link itself has been updated with a more recent image named “Windows Compact Edition 2013 Update 5”. So you just need to re-download through the original link where you could find the original image (year 2012).

    I installed Visual Studio 2013.

    I tried to install Windows Embedded Compact Edition 2013 Update 5, but it refused. Because an older version of Windows Embedded Compact Edition was already installed. Oh no, not again... Nop, no way around it, so I un-installed the original Windows Compact Edition 2013.

    Next I tried to install Windows Embedded Compact Edition 2013 Update 5 again. Seems to work.

    After some time (was busy for half a day now downloading, installing, un-installing, re-installing, ...) everything seemed to be installed. Both Visual Studio 2013 and Windows Embedded Compact Edition 2013 Update 5. I launched Visual Studio 2013 with great hopes to discover ... that I could not create a new Platform Builder project. It was simply not there. I tried to load an existing, but it failed. Grrrr, I launched Visual Studio 2012. And ..., no Platform Builder present anymore (it was there before I started the upgrade). WTF!

Out of options, I decided to start from scratch (the next day) and again after half a day of "clean work" it finally succeeded.

Here are the scenarios that worked for me. Luckily I always work with Virtual Machines (Oracle VirtualBox), so grabbing a fresh installation of Windows 7 is never a problem and saves time.

Virtual machine for Windows 7 + Visual Studio 2012 + Windows Embedded Compact Edition 2013 Original.

  • Clean install Windows 7
  • Clean install Visual Studio 2012
  • Install Visual Studio 2012 Update 4
  • Install Application Builder for Visual Studio 2012
  • Install Windows Embedded Compact Edition 2013 Original

Virtual machine for Windows 7 + Visual Studio 2013 + Windows Embedded Compact Edition 2013 Update 5.

  • Clean install Windows 7
  • Clean install Visual Studio 2013
  • Install Visual Studio 2013 Update 1
  • Install Application Builder for Visual Studio 2013
  • Install Windows Embedded Compact Edition 2013 Update 5

And I keep both Virtual Machine images separately.

Useful references:
  • Download the latest Windows Embedded Compact Edition 2013
  • Download Application Builder for Windows Embedded Compact Edition 2013, both for Visual Studio 2012 and 2013
  • Print | posted on Sunday, April 27, 2014 7:45 PM | Filed Under [ Windows CE Windows Embedded Compact Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Smart Device application Visual Studio 2013 ]

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    # re: Installing the Windows Embedded Compact Edition 2013 Update for Visual Studio 2013

    Why do companies with gazillions of $ (like MS) insist on forcing cats to jump through flaming hoops, resulting in oft-singed tails? Why isn't all this automated - the necessary uninstalling, the "smart" deducing of what needs to be installed in what order based on your setup, etc.?

    They can send a man to mars, but they can't create an efficient setup program?
    4/28/2014 5:23 PM | Clay Shannon
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    # re: Installing the Windows Embedded Compact Edition 2013 Update for Visual Studio 2013

    I installed embedded compact edition 2013 and application builder from web site.I have Visual Studio 2013 evaluation installed.
    What should I do for developing embedded windows application.I want to build a kernel image and test it with the virtual PC first before transferring to the actual target
    5/14/2014 2:08 PM | Jey
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