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UPDATE: CAB Installer CabInstl 1.03 released
Posted by Heinz Burkart - on Monday, 25.04.05 - 10:50:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 27586x
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It can be more useful to have applications installed on a storage card instead of using the internal memory, for instance if your device is already low of memory or if you have a device with limited memory in general (like the HTC Magician aka T-Mobile compact which includes 64 MB RAM only, not 128 MB which is more common today).
As long as you have a setup file which is executed from your PC (.exe), everything is okay because in ActiveSync you can define where to install an application. However, if you have a .cab file only, which are setup files for Pocket PCs which have to executed from the Pocket PC, you are in trouble - if you don't have CabInstl.

CabInstl is a freeware tool that simply lets you install .cab files and unlike with ActiveSync, you can choose an installation folder! CabInstl was recently released in an updated version 1.03:

New Features

  • Nicer looking user interface
  • Now you can extract the content of a .CAB file
  • English, German and Russian languages are now supported
  • A command line for auto install is available.

CabInstl is freeware and available from the developer's homepage.

For more information also see Arne's previous article "TIP: The Freedom to Live with 32 MB RAM only" which he wrote back in 2003 but is about the storage space limitation and the use of CabInstl on Pocket PCs.

Greetings Heinz