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Deploying Desktop and Tablet PC Applications

Applications developed for desktop and Tablet PC are installed like any other Microsoft Windows application. To install Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition (SQL Server Compact Edition) with the application, you must run the SQL Server Compact Edition installer for desktop computers and Tablet PC computers (SQLServerEv31-EN.msi). Installing SQL Server Compact Edition by running the installer registers the native DLLs and puts the managed assemblies in the Global Assembly Cache. This makes sure that the installation of the SQL Server Compact Edition on the Tablet PC can be serviced by Microsoft Update or similar technologies in future.

The installer contains the following libraries:

SQLCESE30.DLL

SQLCEQP30.DLL

SQLCEME30.DLL

SQLCEOLEDB30.DLL (OLEDB data provider)

SQLCECA30.DLL

SQLCECOMPACT30.DLL

SQLCEER30xx.DLL

System.Data.SqlServerCe.dll (ADO.NET data provider)

For more information about building a Windows application that uses SQL Server Compact Edition, see How to: Build and Deploy an Application to a Desktop and Tablet PC.

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