Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Documentation


Windows Embedded CE 6.0 is an open, scalable, 32-bit operating system (OS) that integrates reliable, real-time capabilities with advanced Windows technologies. CE 6.0 helps a device maker be successful by providing a hard real-time, small-footprint OS with a redesigned kernel and embedded-specific development tools.

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This section contains reference material, conceptual articles, and how to documentation specific to CE 6.0 development.

For information about features and programming elements for CE 6.0, see Windows Embedded CE Features.

Welcome to Windows Embedded CE 6.0

Provides an introduction to CE 6.0, including a broad description of features added for the release.

Bringing Up a Hardware Platform

Describes how to use a board support package (BSP) to bring up a hardware platform.

Developing an Operating System

Provides information about creating and modifying an OS design, building and downloading a run-time image, and configuring and building a software development kit (SDK).

Developing a Device Driver

Provides information about drivers for CE 6.0 and describes processes for developing device drivers.

Developing an Application

Describes how to develop an application for CE 6.0.


Provides information about sample code included with CE 6.0.

Diagnostics and Debugging for Mobile and Embedded Development

Provides information about debugging and testing an OS design.

Windows Embedded CE Test Kit

Describes the Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Test Kit (CETK), which is a tool that you can use to test the functionality and performance of device drivers and related hardware for CE 6.0.

Developing a Target Device

Provides instructions for developing a target device by using a design template and instructions for developing a target device without using a design template.

Compilers for Microprocessors

Provides information about compilers for microprocessor families supported by CE 6.0.

Windows Embedded CE Features

Provides API reference and conceptual material for features in CE 6.0.

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