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Understanding Visual Basic on Windows CE

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Applies To

  • Windows CE 2.0
  • Windows CE 2.10, 2.11, Handheld PC Pro 3.0
  • Windows CE 3.0, HPC2000
  • Windows CE .net 4.0, 4.1, 4.2
  • Windows CE 5.0
  • Windows CE 6.0, R2, R3
  • Windows Embedded CE 7.0
  • Windows Embedded CE 2013

Overview

This article outlines the different types of Visual Basic support on Windows CE devices.

More Info

CE Visual Basic 1.0 (Pocket Visual Basic)

File Type   .PVB
Created via   Windows CE Toolkit for Visual Basic 6.0
Supported Operating Systems   Windows CE 2.0, 2.10, 2.11
Supported Architectures   SH3, MIPS 3900/4000

File Identification

The first 5 bytes of a CEVB 1.0 file will be:
0x43 0x45 0x56 0x42 0x01
CEVB<Start Of Heading>

CE Visual Basic 2.0 (eMbedded Visual Basic)

File Type   .VB
Created via   eMbedded Visual Basic 3.0
Supported Operating Systems   Windows CE 2.11, 3.0, 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 5.0, 6.0
Supported Architectures   ARM, ARM720, SH3, SH4, MIPS 4000, x86, Thumb

File Identification

The first 5 bytes of a CEVB 2.0 file will be:
0x43 0x45 0x56 0x42 0xC8
CEVBÈ

.net Compact Framework 1.0

File Type   .EXE
Created via   Visual Studio 2003
Supported Operating Systems   Windows CE 2.0, 2.10, 2.11, 3.0, 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 5.0, 6.0
Supported Architectures   SH3, MIPS 3900/4000, ARM, SH4, x86

File Identification

The first 5 bytes of a .net CF file will be:
0x4D 0x5A 0x90 0x00 0x03
MZ<Blank><NUL><End Of Text>

.net Compact Framework 2.0

File Type   .EXE
Created via   Visual Studio 2005
Supported Operating Systems   Windows CE 3.0, 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0
Supported Architectures   ARM, MIPS, SH4, x86

File Identification

The first 5 bytes of a .net CF file will be:
0x4D 0x5A 0x90 0x00 0x03
MZ<Blank><NUL><End Of Text>

.net Compact Framework 3.5

File Type   .EXE
Created via   Visual Studio 2008
Supported Operating Systems   Windows CE 4.2, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0
Supported Architectures   ARM, MIPS, SH4, x86

File Identification

The first 5 bytes of a .net CF file will be:
0x4D 0x5A 0x90 0x00 0x03
MZ<Blank><NUL><End Of Text>

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