Windows 7 – Using the Windows Mobile Emulator

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I first saw the Windows Mobile Emulator after Exchange 2003 service pack 2 came out, and we had a deluge of jobs to install “Push Email” to Windows Mobile Devices. I even used it on the Exchange 2007 course, this was when Microsoft changed the name of the service to “ActiveSync” to confuse the hell out of everyone with a mobile device, who used ActiveSync to sync the device with Windows. A lot has changed since then, the sync software is now Windows Mobile Device Center, and we now have Exchange 2010.

It’s because of Exchange 2010 that I’m revisiting this subject, I had a fair bit of bother getting the Emulator to run on my Windows 7 Laptop, so here’s how to do it….


Note: I know we have Windows Mobile 7 Emulation now, but at the time of writing I can’t get the active sync to work on it.

1. Download and Install the “Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional Developer Tool Kit“.

mobile emulator

2. Once you have it installed Start > All Programs > Windows Mobile 6 SDK > Standalone Emulator Images > US English > WM 6.5 Professional > It takes a while to load be patient.

mobile 6.5


If you try and connect the device to your network card at this point you will see this error


Failed to open the VPC Driver. Verify that the driver is installed,or install the driver from the Web download location at

failed to open vpc

1. Windows 7 Users DONT go there, that sends you on a wild goose chase trying to install Virtual PC2007 which WONT work, you need to install some drivers, download THESE DRIVERS > Extract them to your desktop > On your PC > Click Start > Type in ncpa.cpl {enter} > Your “Network Connections” will open > Right click your network card and select “Properties” > Install > Select “Service” > Add > Have Disk.

windows mobile networking

2. Click Browse and navigate to the DRIVERS you downloaded earlier > Select either the x64 bit Drivers or the x32 bit Drivers, if you don’t know CLICK HERE > Open >OK > OK > Close.

VPC Drivers for Windows Mobile

3. On the DEVICE > Start > Settings > Connections > Network Cards > Change the drop down from “Work” to “The Internet” > Then select “NE2000 Compatible Ethernet Driver” > Select either DHCP or Static IP Address > Then on the “Name Servers” tab enter the DNS Servers IP Address’s > OK > OK.

windows mobile static ip

4. Now you need to connect the mobile device to the internet, through the network card on your PC/Laptop, to do that in the Emulator Window Click > File > Configure.

windows mobile emulator networking

5. Select Network > Tick “Enable NE2000 PCMCIA network adapter and bind to” > Select your network card (Wireless cards are fine).

select network card

6. Now you need to “Soft Reset” the device, File > Reset > Soft > Yes > the device will reboot. At this point make sure it can browse the internet etc.

soft reset windows mobile


Sometimes during testing you may need to copy files to the device (like root certificates). On a real phone that’s easy, simply drop them on an SD card, but with an emulated device we can’t do that, to be able to “Dock” the device we need the Windows Device Emulator Manager.

1. Download and install the Windows Emulator Device Manager (Note: there’s a x64 and an x32 bit version). Turn off the mobile device before installing.

mobile device emulator

2. Download and Install Windows Mobile Device Manager (I know it says Vista but it is supported on Windows 7).

3. Start the Mobile Device > Start the Device Emulator Manager > (It’s well hidden look for dvcemumanager.exe).

dock emulator

4. You will see the devices GUID > Right click it and select “Cradle”.

cradle emulator

5. Launch Windows Mobile Device Center > Mobile Device Settings > Connection Settings > Change the “Allow connections to one of the following” from “Bluetooth” to “DMA” > OK.

Cant find the Windows Mobile Device Center? Click here.

connect mobile center to emulator

6. The drivers will install and the device should sync > Select “Connect without setting up your device” > File Management > Browse the contents of your device > You can now copy files to the device.

dock emulator


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