Set Up Your Development Environment

2/14/2013

This section explains how to prepare your integrated development environment (IDE) for Windows Embedded Compact development. For the exercises and walk-throughs in this guide, your IDE needs an installation of Visual Studio 2012, the Windows Embedded Compact add-ins Platform Builder or Application Builder, and a virtual machine to use as a test device.

If you use a Windows 8 system, your IDE will have the structure shown in the following diagram:

IDE setup for a Windows 8 system

If you use a Windows 7 system, your IDE will have the structure shown in the following diagram:

IDE setup for a Windows 7 system

Before you install Windows Embedded Compact 2013, make sure that your development computer meets the following hardware, OS, and software requirements.

Minimum hardware requirements

  • 100 GB (NTFS) of available hard disk space
  • 1.6 GHz processor (2.4 GHz recommended)
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 5400 RPM hard drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution

Supported operating systems

  • Windows 7 (x86 and x64) and any available service packs
  • Windows 8 (x86 and x64) and any available service packs

Minimum software requirements

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You cannot install Windows Embedded Compact 2013 on a computer that has any previous version of Windows Embedded Compact or Platform Builder installed. You must completely uninstall previous versions of Windows Embedded Compact and Platform Builder before you install Windows Embedded Compact 2013.

In this guide, you will configure your development computer to host virtual machines and create a single virtual machine for a test device. To host a virtual test device, your development computer must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 4 GB of RAM. (If you want to run several virtual machines, you will need additional RAM.)
  • 15 GB free hard drive space for each virtual machine.
  • An Ethernet network connection with access to a DHCP server. (The physical interface of the network does not matter.)
  • To run Hyper-V on Windows 8: A 64-bit system that has Second Level Address Translation (SLAT).
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You might need to change your system BIOS settings to enable virtualization support. For more information, see the Client Hyper-V Survival Guide or consult your system manufacturer.

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