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RELEASE: Windows Vista RC1 excludes Windows Mobile Device Center (yet)
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 20.09.06 - 17:48:01 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 15008x
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Microsoft has recently released its RC1 (Release Candidate 1) of Windows Vista, another major step on the way to the final release and as I've heard, another major improvement to the previously released Windows Vista Beta 2 which was good already. And yes, as before for the Betas - Microsoft again accepts users who want to test out Windows Vista as early as possible (you can either download Windows Vista RC1 or you can order a DVD). However, if you are a Windows Mobile user, you should better be aware, that - at this stage - the Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) application isn't part of the Windows Vista RC1 because it is a separate component from Windows Vista.

While Windows Vista RC1 includes the WMDC Driver which enables you to sync music, acquire pictures and browse the contents of your device. The full WMDC application - enabling you to synchronize your Outlook E-Mail, contacts, calendar appointments and more - is ships separately (later; most likely via Windows Update).

So just in case, you've planned to install Windows Vista RC1 on your production PC, better stay with your current Windows (XP) version until the RC1 for WMDC is available as well. Otherwise you wont have a chance to keep your PC and Windows Mobile device synchronized anymore.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Perttirt on 21.09.06 - 17:30:26

I have done just that ie moved to Vista rc 1 and Office 2007 - works just great for me.
I'm using dual boot option. So in order to sync with PC I'll boot to Windows XP, but because
I'm syncing with Exchange Server too I don't need to sync with Desktop PC too often.

Posted by Mike Byrns on 22.09.06 - 10:25:31


You can add Windows Mobile Device Center to Windows Vista RC1 like this:

Use RegEdit to add a key called "WHOS" to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft, connect your device and go to Windows Update.  A new 7.0MB update will be available that will allow you to sync after a manual reboot.

Posted by kamileon1 on 23.09.06 - 00:02:49

hi all,

just curious if anyone has tried this 'whos' reghack with vista rc1?  how did it go?  any feedback?  i'm too chicken to mess with my registry at the moment on my vista rc1 laptop.  finally got it the eay i want!


Posted by baconandfries on 23.09.06 - 02:49:00

adding the key in regedit worked smile

Posted by insomnia on 29.09.06 - 06:13:23

well it worked in that it downloaded the 7MB file.. but still doesn't sync with my HP iPaq 6515...  =/

Posted by LibitumX on 03.10.06 - 06:20:40

Same!, the registry whos hack worked, the update is installed but still my PocketPC2003se on iPAQ h6515 still is not syncing with outlook, what it is acctually allowing is to access to my files as they were an external drive. Nevertheless I'm still keeping Vista installed on my pavillion laptop, it works fine, and i can wait two more days for the updated WMDC... or may be three.


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