Windows Compact 6 and above support for VS 2013 RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am a newbie to visual studio and I have a project that I am sure was written in vs2015 a windows compact 6 project. But to my greatest surprise I have been unable to open this project in any vs ide.

    Any help will be highly appreciated

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017 1:00 PM

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  • Hi GhostWorker,

    This forum discusses and asks questions about extending and integrating with Visual Studio, Since your issue is more related to Windows embedded compact, we'll move the thread to Windows embedded compact forum for suitable support.

    Thanks for your understanding.

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    Wednesday, August 2, 2017 2:44 AM
  • Windows CE 6.0 is supported through Visual Studio 2008. You can't build OS projects or target this OS from other versions of Visual Studio.

    Good luck,

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    Thursday, August 3, 2017 9:46 AM
  • The only version of Windows Embedded Compact that can be built in VS2013 and VS2015 is Windows Embedded Compact 2013.

    Compact 6 can only be built in VS2005 and VS2008

    Perhaps whoever wrote your application used VS2015 IDE but also had a project file somewhere just for building the project.

    You need to install the SDK (after installing VS2005) before you can open the project and that the SDK may require a 32 bit machine before you can build your Compact 6 project. If you do not have an SDK, you will need to get this from your hardware vendor.

    This link might also be worth checking out:

    • Edited by tomleijen Monday, August 7, 2017 8:49 PM
    Monday, August 7, 2017 8:48 PM