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Microsoft® Mobile Development Handbook by Peter Foot, Daniel Moth, Andy Wigley

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Building a Device Installer

Windows CE supports a common installer type based on the Microsoft Cabinet format; packages have the .cab extension. These .cab files contain the application files and an installation script that specifies where to install the files and which shortcuts and registry settings to apply.

Visual Studio Installer Tools

Visual Studio 2005 introduces a project template specifically for building a .cab file installer directly from the integrated development environment (IDE). Previously, you could generate the .cab file installer only once, and then you had to manually alter an .inf file to regenerate the .cab file with any changed settings. The new approach, although not perfect, brings the experience closer to that of building ...

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