Windows Embedded Compact 2013

    Windows Embedded Compact 2013 Toolkit
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      File Name:


      Release Notes for Windows Embedded Compact 2013.docx

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      File Size:

      2.0 GB

      51 KB


        Note: The latest release of the product is located here. Please change your bookmarks as this page will be taken down on 4/30/2014.

        You will need to request a product activation key from here to install the product.

        This download includes an add-in for Microsoft Visual Studio® 2012. Windows Embedded Compact 2013 supports Visual Studio 2012 Professional, Premium, or Ultimate. If you don’t already have Visual Studio 2012 installed, you can download an evaluation copy of Visual Studio 2012 Professional from the Microsoft download center. Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 can be installed from here .

        Windows Embedded Compact 2013 is an OS delivered by Microsoft for small footprint devices that require flexible hardware and hard realtime support. With Compact 2013, OEMs in Retail, Healthcare and Manufacturing can bring intelligent systems to market that stand out through attractive, intuitive user experiences and seamless connections to cloud services.

        Developers can customize and build a broad range of small footprint specialized devices with real time capabilities by using Platform Builder, a powerful embedded-specific development tool that works as an add-in to the familiar development environment of Microsoft Visual Studio 2012.


        This no-cost, downloadable Windows Embedded Compact 2013 toolkit gives you unrestricted access to all of Windows Embedded Compact 2013 and includes Platform Builder, the Compact Test Kit, and several board support packages for ARM and x86-based architectures so you can begin evaluating Windows Embedded Compact 2013 today. With the Compact 2013 toolkit, you can design, develop, build, and show prototype devices.
        You will need to enter your full product license key during the installation.


        You need to accept the End User License Agreement in the installer before you can use this product. If you do not accept the terms of the license agreement, you will not be able to install the product.


        Windows Embedded Compact 2013 is also available for download as part of your MSDN subscription.
    • Supported Operating System

      Windows Embedded CE

        • Windows 7 (x86-based and x64-based) and any available service packs
        • Windows 8 (x86-based and x64-based) and any available service packs
        • Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64-based) and any available service packs.
        • Windows Server 2012 (x64-based) and any available service packs.

        Required hardware

        Your computer must meet the following hardware requirements:

        • 100 GB (NTFS) of available hard disk space
        • 2.4 GHz processor
        • 5400 RPM hard drive
        • 2 GB of RAM
        • A DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution
        • An optical drive that supports DVD

        Required software

        Your computer must have the following software installed, and installed in the following order:

        • Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Update 2. You can download Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 from the Microsoft Download Center here.
        • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1. You can download the installation file from the Microsoft Download Center here.
        • Application Builder for Visual Studio 2012. You can download the installation file from the Microsoft Download Center here.

        Optional Software

        Monotype iType for Windows Embedded Compact 2013 Monotype iType® font engine delivers a compact solution for the CCJK character ranges (Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean).

      • Windows Embedded Compact 2013 is also available for download as part of your MSDN subscription.

        Before you install Windows Embedded Compact 2013, do the following:

        • You have a recent, complete backup of your IDE computer.
        • You have completely uninstalled any previous versions of Windows Embedded Compact and Platform Builder.
        • You have your installation disks and product keys available.
        • You have time to install the Compact 2013 Tools. The actual time depends on the number of features that you install. A full installation can take several hours.

        Note: Do not let your computer restart, hibernate, or sleep during this installation.

        Install the Windows Embedded Compact 2013 developer tools

        1. Insert the installation disk for Windows Embedded Compact 2013
        2. Follow the instructions in the Compact 2013 installation wizard. On the Product Key page, enter your product key including the hyphens
        3. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, select Yes
        4. After Compact 2013 completes the installation, you will have the opportunity to register for and install Windows Embedded Developer Update. Your response to this offer has no effect on the Compact 2013 installation.

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