You can develop applications for a custom-designed OS using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 without installing Platform Builder. To do that, you first obtain an SDK from the developer of the custom-designed OS and install it on your computer.

To install an SDK, you must be an administrator on the computer.

Install a Windows Embedded Compact 7 SDK

  1. Copy the provided .msi file to your computer and then run it to start the SDK Setup Wizard.
  2. On the SDK Setup Wizard Welcome page, click Next.
  3. On the End-User License Agreement page, click Accept and then click Next.
  4. On the Customer Information page, enter your user name and organization and then click Next.
  5. On the Choose Setup Type page, do one of the following, and then click Next:
    • Click Complete. Then, on the Destination Folders page, optionally change the installation location.
    • Click Custom. Then, on the Custom Setup page, optionally specify the features to be installed and the location for installation.
  6. On the Ready to Install page, click Install. The installation process may prompt you to verify whether the process can make changes to your system. Click Yes to proceed.
  7. On the final Setup Wizard page, click Finish to complete the installation.

The creator of the SDK may have included additional files in the SDK to enable you to create a custom standalone virtual CEPC. You can connect a virtual CEPC to Visual Studio to test your applications. For a list of the files, see Windows Embedded Compact 7: Create an SDK for Application Development. For complete directions for creating a virtual CEPC, see Advanced Virtual CEPC.

To learn how to create an SDK for a custom-designed OS, see Windows Embedded Compact 7: Create an SDK for Application Development.

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