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  • Question

  • My system

    i7 Windows 7 8GB memory 320gb HDD

    I have Windows Compact 7 Evaluation version 7.0.1687.0

    Installed 90 Day evaluation Visual Studio Professional Edition 2008

    Then installed Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1

    Then installed Windows Compact 7 disk 1

    Got onto Disk 2

    Left to install

    When i came back (after about 2hours) it stated it had encountered an error and did not fully install.


    Cleaned system

    Started again but also allowed for downloading of updates during the installation

    Again encountered an error and the Windows Compact was not installed.


    got a different Laptop

    i3 8GB memory (although only 3.9GB) windows XP sp3 all updates

    installed Visual studio Professional and service pack 1 update

    Installed Windows Compact 7

    at the ARMv7 Architecture Checked it threw an error relating to the cab file not being correctly signed

    system now busy rolling back the installation

    Used the same installation discs for all attempts

    This is getting beyond a joke, have spent two days trying to install a development environment to at least test the system

    can anyone sugest where i am going wrong with this at all.



    ps. these are clean systems created for the purpose of installing Windows Compact 7 MCTS WES2009 MCTS WES7

    Thursday, September 20, 2012 1:26 PM

All replies

  • I think it's unlikely to be the target system, so don't spend any more time creating new machines for that. The most-likely cause is a fault in the CE7 image. You are installing from disks that you got from Microsoft? Or you downloaded the evaluation copy of CE7 and built your own disks? If the former, I'm stumped. If the latter, I would download again and remaster the disks, trying again on one of your existing systems (don't rebuild it, that just slows you down).

    Paul T.

    Thursday, September 20, 2012 1:51 PM
  • these are a set of install disks obtained from Microsoft

    the puzzling thing is that the ARv7 cab error

    i will try and download a set of installation disks and remaster from them.

    i will leave the visual studio installation alone as that seems to have installed correctly

    i was wondering if any error logs are created, as under the normal event viewer it just refers to the fact that an application failed with no real meat to the log itself.

    Compact is not my forte, hence looking at evaluation versions first


    for the suggestions MCTS WES2009 MCTS WES7

    Thursday, September 20, 2012 2:01 PM
  • There is an installation error log, but I've never found it valuable. I think that Brian Rogers is the WCE installer guy. His blog is here:

    Perhaps he can provide a valuable pointer.

    Paul T.

    Thursday, September 20, 2012 2:42 PM
  • Yes there is an install log under %TEMP% you can look at.

    I've found CE7 install and update to be finicky.  Suggest you install CE7 base level with no updates first, then do the monthly patches.  That is, one page of the installer has a horizontal slider near the top of its page showing what patch level you want to update to - the wizard page is titled  "Customize Installation" and by default the slider is all the way to the right showing probably July 2012 or Aug 2012 as the lastest update.  Move the slider all the way left to select "Initial Release" and install that first.  That should install only from disk, not downloading anything.  This takes 2-3 hours.

    Then run the installer again and choose "Update" or "Modify" to select which patch level you want to download and install, patches come out about the second Tuesday of each month.  Generally you want the latest patches but it depends on what your BSP supports. 

    Note that if you're going to be going back and forth between patch levels a lot you can choose "offline layout" to keep files around and avoid downloading every time...  but I found that turning on "offline layout" while having WEST (Windows Embedded Silverlight Tools) checked crashes on the download/layout during I forget about update 7 (one of the early 2012 months).

    Good luck!

    Sue Wolber

    Thursday, September 20, 2012 7:09 PM