Hardware and Software Requirements for Smart Device Projects 

The following paragraphs specify requirements for the development computer, the target device, and the connection between the two.

Development Computer

Selecting Smart Device Programmability (selected by default) when you installed Visual Studio 2005 adds approximately 900 MB of hard disk space usage. If you are not developing Smart Device applications, you can recover this space by uninstalling Smart Device Programmability. You can do this from the Add or Remove Programs tab in Control Panel by selecting your Visual Studio installation, clicking Change/Remove, and following the steps.

You need a minimum of 64 MB of additional RAM when you use an emulator in your device projects.


The target device must support the platform you are developing against. Visual Studio 2005 provides support for the Pocket PC 2003, Smartphone 2003, and Windows CE 5.0 and later platforms.

Approximately 2 MB of RAM are required on the device for the .NET Compact Framework if the Framework has not been installed in ROM.


Visual Studio 2005 requires the following:


Unless your physical device has wireless connectivity with the development computer enabled, you need a serial or USB cable, as provided by the device manufacturer, to connect a device to the development computer. Before you can use this connection, you must set up the development computer and device according to the instructions provided by the device manufacturer.

Using an emulator as your device requires no additional hardware.


Microsoft ActiveSync version 4.0 or later.

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