Microsoft Device Emulator 2.0 Beta - Community Technology Preview

This is an updated release of the Device Emulator for ARM CPUs that first released with Visual Studio 2005.
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      This is the Beta version of Microsoft Device Emulator 2.0. The RTM version of this emulator will be released with the upcoming Windows CE 6.0 release. This Emulator has the same executables and DLLs as the 1.0 emulator that came with Visual Studio 2005 RTM and has upgraded performance and some new features. This install does not replace the emulator installed with Visual Studio 2005. The installer that comes with this preview only copies the relevant binaries to the user's system.
  • Supported Operating System

    Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, Windows XP Service Pack 2

      Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2 or Windows 2003 Server SP1
    • To install the emulator, run the MSI that is provided with this download. After installation is done, you must regsiter it in order to use this V 2.0 Emulator (for debugging and deploying applications), instead of the one that came with Visual Studio 2005. Run the register.bat file to do this. This step is provided for you to choose to replace the V1.0 emulator.

      Note: If you have installed and registered the V2.0 emulator and decide to uninstall it, then you have to re-register the V1.0 binaries in order to make it the default emulator. To do this, simply run the vs_emualtor.exe setup for V1.0 that came with your Visual Studio 2005 CD and repair your install. The installer will take care of the registration for you.
    • Here is a listing of the new features in 2.0

      1. Greatly improved performance at executing ARM instruction - reduces cold-boot time and improves application execution speed
      2. High-resolution input:
        • On TabletPC machines - Tablet Ink is passed into the guest OS at high resolution (1024x1024)
        • When Zoom 2x is enabled, the input resolution is doubled
      3. Ability to change more emulator options on-the-fly:
        • The NE2000 emulator's binding to a host network adapter
        • The /funckey value
        • Open and close the serial port 0 console window
        • eXdi Driver support for Platform Builder 4.2 and 5.0
      4. DeviceEmulator COM interface and DMA sample application (read below)
      5. Customer Experience Improvement Program - opt-in method of providing anonymous customer feedback. This data will help us gather metrics about the DeviceEmulator - what configuration options are used, data about unsuccessful launches, information about error conditions, etc. As you opt to send us your data, we'll use this data to help tune V2 and future emulators to better suit your needs.
      More information is available in the Readme file that comes with this Release.
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