Cannot update Embedded Compact 2013 anymore RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello All,

    Today I tried update WEC2013 and got a message saying that it can't update because:

    "A previous version of Windows Embedded Compact has been detected on this computer"

    In the past I was updating it ok and currently I am on June 2015 update of WEC2013.

    Do you know any information about which particular version it complains about? WEC7?

    I have Windows Embedded Compact 7 installed on my PC as well and previously there was no problem having both of them installed on the same PC.

    Is there any way around this issue?

    Recently I installed VS2015 in addition to existing VS2013 (which currently works with platform builder).

    Could it be that VS2015 installation triggered this issue and if so, how can I fix it?



    Monday, August 28, 2017 4:46 PM


  • Ok, I managed to resolve the problem.

    Here is the procedure I followed.

    1. Backup your platforms/designs. Just in case.

    2. Launch the very last WindowsEmbeddedCompact2013.exe which does NOT complain about 'previous version' problem. In my case it was en_windows_embedded_compact_2013_february_2015_x86_x64_dvd_6579517.iso

    3. Uninstall WEC2013 completely.

    4. Install Application Builder for VS2015. Otherwise you will not be able to install Platform Builder.

    5. Install WEC2013 from scratch using en_windows_embedded_compact_2013_february_2017_x86_x64_dvd_10146253.iso. Do not install updates at this point; just install what is in iso.

    6. Launch WindowsEmbeddedCompact2013.exe from en_windows_embedded_compact_2013_february_2017_x86_x64_dvd_10146253.iso again and select 'Update'. Now it installs all available updates.

    7. Verify and restore your designs (if needed)

    It would be VERY helpful if Microsoft replaced "A previous version of Windows Embedded Compact has been detected on this computer" with "A previous version of Windows Embedded Compact 2013 has been detected on this computer" in their installer.

    That would eliminate any mistake identifying conflicting software and save time.



    • Marked as answer by Alexey Troshin Tuesday, August 29, 2017 12:51 PM
    Tuesday, August 29, 2017 12:50 PM