Build System (Windows CE 5.0)

Windows CE 5.0

The build system is the system logic by which Microsoft® Platform Builder enables you to develop a run-time image for a target device, based on the Windows CE OS.

You use the build system during the run-time image development process. The run-time image development process contains several steps you must complete, either with the Platform Builder integrated development environment (IDE), or from a command-prompt window.

The first step that you take in the run-time image development process is to create a workspace, which is a container for holding files that make up a project or operating system (OS) design. For more information about workspaces, see Workspaces.

For more information about creating an OS design, see How to Use the IDE to Create, Customize, and Build a Run-Time Image. For information about creating projects, see Creating a Project.

After you create your OS design and your workspace, you can customize your OS design by adding or removing drivers or Catalog items, and by setting or clearing environment variables. You can also select a different configuration for your OS design, depending on your needs.

The final step in the run-time image development process is called the build process, in which you use the OS design to build the run-time image that you download to a target device.

Regardless of whether you use the IDE or the command-line tools to create an OS design, the build process consists of distinct build phases in the following sequence:

  1. The Compile phase
  2. The Sysgen phase
  3. The Release Copy phase
  4. The Make Run-Time Image phase

For more information, see Build Phases.

The following list shows the major aspects of the run-time image development process:

See Also

Creating an OS Design with the New Platform Wizard | Projects | Run-Time Image Downloading Process

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