Installing the latest version of Minimo on your Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Pocket PC Phone requires a handheld running Windows Mobile 5. Earlier versions of the OS are not compatible. Minimo is also not compatible with Windows Mobile Smartphones like the Motorola Q or Samsung Blackjack. If you're unsure if you have a Pocket PC or Windows Mobile Smartphone, click here.
Minimo is distributed in two ways, as a PC installer (which must be run and installed
from your Windows PC, an .EXE file), and as a self-installer (which must be transferred
to your Pocket PC before it can be installed, a .CAB file). Most users will likely find the PC installer easier to use.
For installation instructions, select which type of
file you have to install:
Minimo is installed to your Pocket PC through
ActiveSync, the synchronization utility for Windows XP PCs. Using your computer, download Minimo. We recommend downloading to your Windows Desktop so you'll be able to easily find the file later:
Run the Minimo installation file on your PC by double-clicking
it on your Windows Desktop. This should be done while your Pocket PC is
The installation program will install files to your
computer's hard drive, then establish a link with
your Pocket PC, copying the needed files to your handheld's onboard memory:
You'll see a pop-up on the Pocket PC's screen to confirm the installation. Tap "Yes." If you have a flash memory card installed, a second screen will appear allowing you to choose the installation destination, internal memory or flash card. Make your choice and tap Install (keep in mind that you'll need to install Minimo to internal memory if you're using an external Wi-Fi card). Allow the process to complete:
Minimo is now installed. To run the program, locate it in your Programs menu by tapping Start > Programs.
If you would prefer to install Minimo from the Pocket PC itself, you must first move
the .CAB installation file to
the Pocket PC. Sync your Pocket PC. After synchronization, select
the Explore feature from ActiveSync's
The Explore feature allows you to browse
your Pocket PC'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 Minimo .CAB file is stored. Right-click the file. When the menu
appears, select Copy. Return
to the Mobile Device explorer window,
right-click somewhere in the window, and select Paste:
The .CAB file will be copied to the Pocket PC. Allow this process to complete. Remove
your Pocket PC from its cradle or disconnect it from
its sync cable. On your Pocket PC, go to File
Explorer in the Program folder on the Start
Find the file you moved in File Explorer. Double-tap it. It will install itself on
your Pocket PC and add itself to the Start Menu or
the Programs folder.
You're done. Minimo now appears in the Programs menu:
Once Minimo has been installed, feel free to delete the .CAB file from your Pocket PC's memory if you wish.
Installing Software to a Windows Mobile Smartphone?
This tutorial applies to the Windows Mobile for Pocket PC and Windows Mobile for Pocket PC Phone Edition operating systems, not Windows Mobile for Smartphone. Take a look at this article to better understand the differences between Pocket PCs, Pocket PC Phones and Windows Mobile Smartphones. If you're having trouble installing on a Windows Mobile Smartphone, take a look at this article in our Help Center.
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