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  • Question

  • Hi

    a.   My understanding is that the WinCE updates are distributed on a processor basis. However, the release notes for these seem to suggest that some elements are installed in the common sections as well, and not just specific to a particular processor. I got this impression by looking at the "By component" section of "fixes made in this update" in some of the the release notes ... but perhaps I have misunderstood.

    I am a bit confused. What do the WinCE updates exactly install? Do they update the relevant processor specific code, as well as common (common as in common to all processor architectures)?

    b.  When would Microsoft publish yearly updates for year 2010?



    Monday, February 28, 2011 2:50 PM

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  • A.  Not by processor, but by processor family.   Some of the updates include a binary (EXE, DLL...)


    Bruce Eitman (eMVP)
    Senior Engineer
    Bruce.Eitman AT Eurotech DOT com
    My BLOG

    Eurotech Inc.
    Monday, February 28, 2011 3:24 PM
  • The Windows Embedded Updates (aka QFEs) can install any combination of binary files (libraries, DLLs, EXEs) and/or source code changes.

    Binary files must be built for a specific processor family, and  so an Update will just install the binary files for the specific processor family the update installer is for - ARMV4I, MIPSII, MIPSIV, SH4, X86, etc. 

    Source code changes, on the hand, are not typically in code that is specific to any one processor family, but could be.  The source code changes modify the source code in the PUBLIC and/or PRIVATE trees, most of which is shared between all processor families.

    The yearly cumulative update for 2010 was published on Jan 18, 2011 and can be found here -  Additional monthly updates are usually published early in the month after the month the update is for - e.g. the Jan 2011 update was published on Feb. 8.

    Tom Gensel PTG Systems, LLC
    Monday, February 28, 2011 4:28 PM
  • B) The yearly rollup update for 2010 have been released January 19, 2011
    You can find the updates here:
    CE 5:
    CE 6:


    MVP Windows Embedded
    Monday, February 28, 2011 4:33 PM
  • So, sometimes there are changes to code that is shared in one way or another by all processor families.  When that's the case, each processor family version of an update will include the common portions.  As long as you install at least one of the updates by processor family, you get the common parts.  If you install the update for several processor families, the installer will detect that you already have the common part installed and will skip that, after the first time.

    Paul T.

    Monday, February 28, 2011 4:39 PM
  • Many thanks to all of you who replied. I now understand it clearly.


    Tuesday, March 1, 2011 9:35 AM