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Connecting Smart Devices to Development Computers

Visual Studio 2008

The topics in this section discuss how to establish a secure and reliable connection between the development computer and the target device (whether the device is real or the emulator). Visual Studio uses the connection to deploy files and debug applications on a device or emulator.


Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) replaces ActiveSync in Windows Vista. Windows Vista users must install WMDC instead of ActiveSync.

Connection Method Selection

Describes various connection methods.

How to: Set Connection Options (Devices)

Describes how to change default connection settings.

How to: Connect to Windows CE Device Without ActiveSync

Describes the steps for connecting when ActiveSync is not available to support the connection.

How to: Connect by Using Bluetooth

Describes the steps for making a Bluetooth connection.

How to: Connect Using IR

Describes the steps for making an infrared (IR) connection.

How to: Connect to the Device Emulator From a Virtual PC Session

Shows how to connect the development computer to an emulator that is running in a Virtual PC session.

How to: Access the Smartphone Emulator File System

Describes the steps to access the file system of the Smartphone emulator, which has no File Explorer.

How to: Access Development Computer Files from the Emulator

Describes how to use shared folders to move files between the emulator and the development computer.

Connectivity Troubleshooting (Devices)

Describes issues that interfere with correct connections and how to resolve them.

Smart Device Development

Provides information about smart device development and includes links to additional information.

Mobile Developer Center

Includes resources that pertain to mobile development.