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Deploy an Application with a CAB File (Compact 7)


This section shows you how to deploy your application with a CAB file, and how to package your application in a CAB file when you want to customize installation. Customizations could include installing the application to a specific directory, placing a shortcut on the desktop or on the Start menu, configuring registry settings, including other files such as DLLs, and so on. Windows Embedded Compact 7 supports CAB file installation if the OEM includes this support in the OS design.

Deploying an application with a CAB file consists of the following tasks:

  1. Packaging and deploying the application in a CAB file
  2. Installing the CAB file on the device

Before you begin this procedure, verify that your setup meets the following prerequisites:

  • Software requirements: Your device runs Windows Embedded Compact 7. Your development computer has Microsoft Visual Studio 2008. 
  • Windows Embedded Compact configuration: The operating system (OS) on your device supports the CAB file installer.
  • Platform Builder settings: The OS on your device is set to release settings with the kernel-independent transport layer (KITL) and kernel debugger disabled.
  • Application requirements: Your application is a stand-alone solution based on an SDK that was supplied with your OS. It cannot be a subproject of an OS solution.
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