Current Date:17 September, 2021

How to install Windows Mobile Device Center for Windows 10

Microsoft no longer supports Windows Mobile Device Center since Windows Vista therefore it is difficult to make Windows Mobile Device Center work on Windows 10. Technicians who still use Intermec/Honeywell or other Windows Mobile Devices rely heavily on it to be able to configure their devices.

You’re here because you probably tried to install Windows Mobile Device Center on your Windows 10 computer and found it just doesn’t work. I know the struggle, I myself just went through it after I had to reimage my laptop.

By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have installed Windows Mobile Device Center on Windows 10 and be back in business and reconfiguring your Windows Mobile devices.

Prerequisites

Before you start, you need to download this zip file containing everything you need to configure Windows Mobile Device Center on Windows 10.

Installation

  1. Extract the zip folder above to a location of your choice.
  2. Search for “TURN WINDOWS FEATURES ON OR OFF” from the Start Menu or Cortana search
  3. Enable .NET FRAMEWORK 3.5
  4. Enable for HTTP Activation
  5. Enable for NON-HTTP Activation
  1. Run 1-drvupdate-amd64.msi you extracted in Step 1 as Administrator. You will notice an MSIEXEC.MSI process running in task manager.

Let it go, it will take about 10-15 minutes. Be patient, let it finish!

  1. Run 2-drvupdate-amd64.exe as Administrator and wait for the install to finish. Also wait 10-15 minutes to be safe.

Let it go, it will take about 10-15 minutes. Be patient, let it finish!

  1. Once you’ve installed both, run the 3-registry-edit.bat as Administrator. Alternatively you can open the bat file in a text editor and copy and paste the registry keys into an elevated Powershell or CMD prompt.
REG ADD HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RapiMgr /v SvcHostSplitDisable /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
REG ADD HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WcesComm /v SvcHostSplitDisable /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
  1. Once you are confident the MSI and EXE files have completed successfully, Reboot the PC!
  2. Once rebooted, open up SERVICES.MSC
  3. Scroll down to the following two services:
    • Windows Mobile-2003-based device connectivity (WcesComm)
    • Windows Mobile-based device connectivity (RapiMgr)
  1. Double click on Windows Mobile-2003-based device connectivity (WcesComm)
  2. Go to the LOGON TAB
  3. Change the logon as to: Local System account
  4. Tick “Allow service to interact with the desktop”
  5. Click Apply
  6. Repeat the same for Windows Mobile-based device connectivity (RapiMgr)
  1. Open up Windows Mobile Device Center from the Start Menu

That’s it, you’re done. You should now be able to use Windows Mobile Device Center on Windows 10 again. Let me know in the comments if this was helpful.

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