Getting Windows CE 5.0 installed on Windows x64

Are you running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition ? And want to install/run Windows CE 5.0 tools on that system? – The tools don’t install by default, here’s a set of steps to get the installer to work [Note: This is not supported, so you are on your own if this doesn’t work].

1.       Install the Orca .msi editor 

2.       Xcopy the whole Windows CE 5.0 CD1 to a directory on your hard drive.

3.       Use orca to edit ” Microsoft Windows CE 5.0.msi” in the copy of CD1.

4.       Navigate to the CustomAction table, then sort by Source column. 

5.       Delete all entries with source that starts with “CustomDLL”.

6.       Save the .msi, then run setup.exe from the copy of CD1.


– Mike

Comments (4)

  1. Nothing like building CE on a Dual Core system.  Very cool!  Thanks for making this available.

  2. I will like to install “Platform Builder for Windows Mobile 5.0” On Windows 2003.

    During the install the following dialog appear.

    "Setup requires installation of either Windows 2000 Professional with Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, or Windows XP Professional with Windows XP Service Pack 1. For more information see http:/"

    Do you know how to install it on windows 2003?


  3. mikehall says:

    Hi Micha,

    This is not a supported install scenario.


    – Mike