PocketPC and Windows CE essential Tools

Here is a list a some usefull tools for mobile development

Name Purpose Archived HomePage Google Search
WinCE Cab manager GUI to Create and manage WinCE CAB files. Better than CabWizard CeCabMgr11.zip OCP Software
Servant Salamander Commander Clone with great features, incl. a WinCE direct (ActiveSync) connection and ftp client GREAT ( Screen shot Servant Salamander – File Manager
irfanView FAST Picture Viewer and manipulation (easy screen shot function and lots more) Free IrfanView Search
Hosts Edit PocketPC hosts table (instead of editing the registry) hosts15.zip Download Page
iDiffCE compare files and show differences /usefull together with ssnap!) idiffce.zip Homepage Search
PEInfo Shows internal of DLL and EXE files (imports, exports, resources). Usefull, if you get ’This is not a PPC application’ to find out missing DLLs) peinfo.zip Homepage Search
SSnap make a snapshot of system environment (ie compare Registry before/after a change) ssnap.zip Homepage
Tascal Regedit One of the tools to edit the registry Tre082p.zip Homepage Search
vxUtils Tools for IPConfig, Ping, Whois, DNSlookup etc vxUtil-Install.zip Homepage Search
TotalCommander Want to change attributes of files or find files, then try TotalCommander tcmdpocket.zip Homepage Search
nScript Powerfull scripting tool, uses C-like command syntax (with source) ns003ppc_eng.zip
(PPC Arm)
Homepage Search
nScriptm Extended nScript, C-Like command syntax nscriptm.zip Homepage
(slow rendered!)
CabInstl install cabs to specified locations cabinstl.exe SK Tools
CE Commander TotalCommander freeware for WinCE cecmd.exe Ghisler
XDA Tools Remote execution using ActiveSync connection (incl Source) itsutils.zip XDA tools Download
MortScript MortScript is another FREE scripting language with very nice features MortScript 4.0
Manual english
Handbuch deutsch
Homepage Search
SK TimeSync Syncs the time of your PocketPC with an internet time server tsync.zip SK Tools


  1. Brian says:

    was sktools ever compatible with Axim x5 Windows CE?
    I would love to get a copy if it was.

  2. admin says:

    Most of the sktools are written against windows CE target and will run on PocketPC, Windows Mobile and Windows CE devices. The minor OS base should be Windows CE .Net 4.x, I assume. But for clarity please ask at sktools website.

    There is always an alternative


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  4. josef says:

    The theme on my site is called “Fluid Blue”. I never heard or have seen compatibility issues with that. But who knows?
    I am sorry, but I cannot help with your question.


  5. Miquele says:

    Hi, Josef

    I’m starting a development for a windows CE device and I need an essencial tool that I can’t find. I hoped it wold be in your list, but sadly, it’s not… 🙁

    I’m talking about an windows ce 6.5 emulator. I’m sure I’m not the only one having this problem the same problem – as I’ve spent hours trying to find one, and since you have a lot of experience with Windows CE programmin I thought you could help me. Thanks in advance.

  6. josef says:

    Hello mdegayon

    AFAIK there is no “Windows CE 6.5”. Either you are looking for “Windows CE 6” or “Windows Mobile 6.5” aka “Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5”.

    For Windows CE 6 you need to download the Windows CE 6 Platform builder trial version and you get a x86 based Windows CE 6 emulator. But as far as I can see, this is no longer available (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsembedded/default.aspx and see http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/b9177938-3222-4915-a317-fb4a7e6420d7/how-to-download-windows-embedded-ce-60-platform-builder-), MS is now at Windows Embedded Compact 2013.
    Even if you get a copy of WinCE 6 Platform builder (ie if you have a MSDN subscription), if you want to develop for a real device, you need the platform image for the device (supplied by the OEM).

    If you are looking for Windows ‘Embedded Handheld’/’Mobile’ 6.5, you just have to download the WM 6.5 DTK: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17284. It comes with everything needed to compile for WEH65 and Emulator Images (with ARM processor).



  7. Miquele says:

    Hi, Josef

    Thanks for your help, you’re right about SO’s names. In fact, I was mixing up Windows CE 6 with MEH 6.5 because the device I’m going to work with can use both. I’m afraid the platform image for the device (a Honeywell’s Dolphin 6500) isn’t supplied by the OEM or, at least, I can’t find it. I guess I’ll need the real thing to test my sw.

    Thanks again! I’ll buy you a beer next time you’re in Paris, you’ve saved me a lot of time !

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