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Posted - 06 Jul 2004 :  15:33:10  Show Profile  Email Poster

CEconfig.h is a file generated when Platform Builder creates a new CE image. It describes the features that were selected when creating the build. ADS has been including this file with CE build releases, along with a number of other descriptive files, since Microsoft changed the CE licensing model in CE .NET 4.2.

Analyzing ceconfig.h

The Windows CE Run-time License Assessment Tool for desktop Win32 PCs (download link below) analyzes the ceconfig.h file to determine the licensing model that applies to the build you are using.

The app requires that MS .NET Framework 1.1 or later (download link below) to be installed on your computer.

Here's an example of the LicenseTool42.exe output (using VGX Professional Plus build 4.20.15):

Windows CE .NET 4.2 Run-time License Assessment Tool

Platform Project: [path](700116-21031)_VGX_CE_4.20.15_15MBceconfig.h

Required License: Windows CE .NET 4.2 Professional Plus

The following list includes only components in the operating system image that require the Professional or Professional Plus license. This list will be empty if the image requires a Core run-time license.

Professional Plus - Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer
Professional - Pocket Outlook Object Model (POOM) API
Professional - Inbox Sync
Professional - Pocket Outlook Database Sync
Professional - WordPad
Professional - Bluetooth Modem Gateway Support
Professional - File Server
Professional - Internet Explorer 6.0 Sample Browser
Professional - Internet Explorer Browser Control Host
Professional - Internet Explorer HTML/DHTML API
Professional - Sample Internet Explorer 6.0 Internet Options Control Panel
Professional - JScript 5.5
Professional - VBScript 5.5
Professional - WMA and MP3 Streaming
Professional - WMV and MPEG-4 Streaming
Professional - AVI Filter
Professional - MIDI Filter
Professional - Windows Media Player Application
Professional - Windows Media Player OCX
Professional - AYGShell API Set

A Note About Assessing CE 6.0 Builds

You may encounter a glitch using the Run-Time License Assessment Tool for CE 6.0 builds: The tool requires both Visual Studio and Platform Builder. If you don't have both those apps, drop back to using the CE 5.0 Tool; you should get a pretty accurate result.

Further Reading

Edited by akidder 15-Oct-2004: Remove old link to LicenseTool42.exe and provide local copy, as tool no longer seems to be available on MS site.
Edited by akidder 11-May-2006: Remove build selector link. Expand Further Reading section.
Edited by akidder 30-Nov-2006: Replace link to ADS copy of CE 4.2 assessment tool ("LicenseTool42.exe" 80k zip) with link to MS download page

Edited by akidder 26-Sep-2007: Add section about CE 6.0 Tool.
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