you want to install software on your Pocket PC or touchscreen Windows Mobile Smartphone? Thanks
to ActiveSync, it's a snap (click here for Windows Mobile smartphone instructions).
Before we begin, it's important to understand that there are two types of
Windows Mobile installation files: (1) those which must be run and installed
from your Windows PC (usually .EXE files), and (2) those which must be transferred
to your Windows Mobile device before they can be installed (usually .CAB files).
For installation instructions, select which type of
file you have to install:
Most Windows Mobile software is installed to your Windows Mobile device through
ActiveSync, the synchronization utility installed on your Windows XP PC. Using your computer, download the
software you wish to install to your handheld. We recommend downloading to your Windows Desktop so you'll be able to find the file later:
Run the installation file on your PC by double-clicking
it on your Windows Desktop. This should be done while your Windows Mobile device is
The installation program will install files to your
computer's hard drive, then establish a link with
your Windows Mobile device, copying the needed files to your handheld's onboard memory:
Windows Mobile 2003, Pocket PC 2000 & 2002 users click here.
If you have a Windows Mobile 5 or 6/6.1 handheld, you'll see a pop-up on the screen to confirm the installation. Tap "Yes." If you have a flash memory card installed, a second screen will also appear allowing you to choose the installation destination, internal memory or flash card. Make your choice and tap Install. Allow the process to complete:
The program is now installed. A soft reset may be
required for some software installations. To run the program, locate it in your Programs menu by tapping Start > Programs.
Windows Mobile software requires that it be installed directly from the
handheld. These software setup titles are usually distributed as .CAB files.
The first step is to move
the .CAB installation file you downloaded to
the Windows Mobile device. First, sync your handheld with your
Windows PC. After synchronization, select
the Explore feature from ActiveSync's
The Explore feature allows you to browse
your device's internal storage like you would browse your
computer's hard drive(s) in My Computer or Windows Explorer. Once the Mobile Device explorer window is open, go to your Windows Desktop,
or wherever the file you want to move to the Windows Mobile device is stored. Right-click it. When the menu
drops down, select Copy. Return
to the Mobile Device explorer window,
right-click somewhere in the window, and select Paste:
The .CAB file will be moved to the handheld. Allow this process to complete. Remove
your device from its cradle or disconnect it from
its sync cable. On your Windows Mobile handheld, go to File
Explorer in the Program folder on the Start
Find the file you moved in File Explorer. When you
find it, double-click it. It will install itself on
your handheld and add itself to the Start Menu or
the Programs folder.
You're done. The program will now appear in the Programs folder:
Once the software has been installed, feel free to delete the .CAB file from your handheld's memory if you wish.
NOTE: This tutorial applies to touchscreen versions of Windows Mobile only.
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