.NET Compact Framework 3.5

NETCF V 3.5 redistributable can be downloaded here.
Q: How do I install this on to my device? This file is too big and won’t fit on my device. I put it on to the storage card but device tells me it’s of unknown type. What to do?
A: This file is an installer for your desktop, not for your device. To install NETCF V3.5 please attach your device to your desktop via WMDC (or Active Sync 4.0 or above) and run installation on your desktop. Installer would then deploy NETCF V 3.5 on to the device. Manual installation would be required for devices without active sync support (e.g. most Windows CE devices).
Q: Which versions of the device OS are supported by NETCF 3.5?
A: Windows Mobile 2003 For Pocket PC (both first and second editions), Windows Mobile 5.0 (all flavors), Windows Mobile 6 (all flavors), Windows CE 4.2 (AKA Windows CE .Net), Windows CE 5.0, Windows Embedded CE 6. Windows CE is a customizable OS and must include NETCF V 3.5 dependencies in order to run NETCF V 3.5. Contact your device OEM to find out if particular OS has them.
Q: What is the size of NETCF V 3.5 on device? Can I install NETCF V 3.5 on to storage card to save space?
A: NETCF V3.5 needs about 6.5 MB of storage space (depends on the device). NETCF V3.5 can be installed on to the storage card. About 1.2 MB (depends on device) is required on the main storage for that configuration, rest would be located on the storage card.
Q: I have other versions of NETCF installed (or in ROM). Do I have to remove them in order to install NETCF V3.5?
A: There’s no need to uninstall previous versions as NETCF V3.5 is side by side with older version. However one might choose to uninstall previous versions in order to save storage space on devices. Note you cannot uninstall NETCF version which is located in ROM nor would it save any storage space (because ROM versions are located in ROM and not in the storage).
Q: After NETCF V3.5 is installed, will older application automatically use it?
A: No. Applications would use version of the NETCF they are initially compiled for if this version is available for maximum compatibility. If older version is not available on particular device then application will be promoted to NETCF V 3.5. It is also possible to configure particular application (or all applications) to use NETCF V3.5 automatically. NETCF V3.5 Power Toys includes utility which does that.
Q: What is the difference between localized versions of NETCF V3.5 installer? Can I mix and match languages between NETCF V3.5, device and Visual Studio 2008?
A: All localized versions of NETCF V3.5 installer have exactly the same set of files inside so you can mix and match languages as needed. Installer’s wizard is fully localized for your convenience.
Q: Can I develop for NETCF V 3.5 using VS 2003 or VS 2005?
A: No, VS 2008 Pro or above is needed to develop for NETCF V3.5. Command line development is also possible and requires the following components: .NET 3.5, .NET 3.5 SDK, NETCF V3.5 and NETCF V3.5 Power Toys. All these components are freely available.

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