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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 27472x
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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

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Posted by johncruise on 25.04.05 - 19:06:10

great software!  (never tried this before)

Can somebody send me a link on what utility they use to generate a CAB file?

Thanks in advance!

Posted by jomni on 26.04.05 - 03:56:29

Very nice software indeed.  I just don't know why Microsoft doesn't make this a standard in Pocket PC OS.  Why not request for this in the upcoming Magneto?

Posted by krypticide on 26.04.05 - 03:57:03

This is one of the best utility programs for the Pocket PC. It allows you to control not only where (flash, main, or storage card) a program is installed, but into what directory. If only it could also control this when installing programs via Activesync.

Posted by krypticide on 26.04.05 - 03:58:20

Magneto is more or less finished now. I believe they're in the process of finalizing the code, so anything beyond simple bux fixes probably won't make it into this build.

Posted by EdR on 06.03.06 - 18:09:35


Based on all your comments about this great software, I've downloaded it and been trying to install it for a while following the instructions, but when I save cabinstl.exe to the smartphone (Qtek 110) and tap it for first use, I just see garbage (it shows me contents of the file but doesn't execute it). I can't install it from the PC either and get an error message saying it is not a valid Win32 application.

Also, the zip file I downloaded several times always contains three different cabinstl.exe with the same name but different sizes.

Can anyone help me with this?

Thanks in advance


Posted by youngwolf on 16.03.06 - 12:01:06

Maybe this helps:
1) copy exe file to PPC
2) open file explorer and locate the exe file
3) run the exe file (No installations needed!)

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