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Windows CE 2.0 Service Pack 1


After several months of public usage, certain issues were discovered in Windows CE 2.0 that required a solution to ensure the long-term successful usage of the platform.

The days of Windows CE 2 were before the current era of Flashable ROM chips in mobile devices. Once the Operating System was written to the ROM chip, and flaws in its code would be locked to the device. In order to ensure that any errors that appeared in the Embedded Operating System could be dealt with, as part of the Core coding of the Windows CE platform, the OS prioritises system files by their placement.
If a file is found to exist in ROM (On the embedded, chip) as well as being found in RAM (The system storage area that you can save data to and from). The file present in RAM will be given priority and the ROM embedded file will be ignored. This process allows a Windows CE device to receive core Operating System updates.

A Service Pack (SP) was the solution. The SP contains a number of bug fixes and updates that address certain specific, key issues that are found in a product. Microsoft SP's are a special update heralding from Windows NT development where large updates, cumulative security patches and general fixes are applied to the system all at once.

Fixes & Updates List

Windows CE 2.0 SP1 contains fixes for the following issues:

  • Copying large files or sets of files to Compact Flash, PCMCIA ATA Flash, or SRAM cards can result in the system freezing when suspended and reactivated during the copy operation. SP1 corrects this problem, enabling file copy operations during power cycling.
  • Copying/Pasting one folder into another where the folders names differ by ONLY the last character (for example: pasting a folder named "Doc" into a folder named "Doc1") has caused the device to crash -- this operation now works correctly.
  • CHAP authentication now supports up to 256-character responses. This will permit your Handheld PC to connect to more online service providers.
    Continuous network use eventually degrades performance over time. SP1 addresses current known issues which result from long-term use with network connections.
  • The Calendar application did not permit the creation of new appointments with the New Appointment dialogue if the start time was 7:00 a.m. With SP1 installed, you can create an appointment with any start time.
  • Manually changing an event sound in the Sounds control panel caused other event sounds to be set incorrectly. SP1 enables you to individually set any event sound to the .WAV file of your choice without disrupting any other settings.
  • If you are using Microsoft Outlook version 8.03 or later, and synchronise your Windows CE 2.0 Mobile Device with your PC, and the current time zone of your H/PC is set to a location in the southern hemisphere in time zones where daylight savings time is supported, appointments may appear at incorrect times. Appointments will now display at the correct time regardless of location or daylight savings time status in all regions of the world.


The Service Pack is not available directly from Microsoft. It is down to your Handheld PC's Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to ship the Service Pack to the end user.
While most OEM's distributed the same package, some chose to repackage or alter the contents of the service pack. As such it is essential that you download and install the correct SP for your device.

Also, some OEM's no longer provide these files for public download, as a result, HPC:Factor has a download archive of all known SP1 distributions for public download.


Handheld PC 2.0 SP1