How to : Install a .cab file to WM6 device

The process of installing a cab file to a WM6 device is straight forward. 

Either using Active Sync (for XP users) or the new Windows Mobile Device Center(for Vista users), copy the cab file to your device.  You can pick where you want to place it. I generally place it in MyDocuments or sometimes on my memory card.

After copying the file over to your device, open the folder, highlight the file and either tap it with your stylus (Pocket PC Device) or hit the OK key (Smartphone) and it will begin the installation process.  Follow the instructions that may appear (individual programs vary in what they may have you do).

That’s it!   

Note: Some cab files are automatically deleted after installation and some are not.  If it was NOT removed, you do not need to leave it on your device after it is installed.  Depending on your memory needs, you may want to delete the cab file after installation if it was not removed.  I generally do that and I keep a folder of all cab files in a directory on my PC in case I ever need to use them again.

Dell Axim X5

I picked up a used Axim X5 from Houston’s craigslist.

  • 400 MHz Intel XScale Processor
  • 64 MB of RAM
  • 48 MB ROM
  • 3.5″ 65,000 color display
  • Integrated CompactFlash Type II and Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard slots
  • Built-in microphone
  • Speaker
  • Stereo headphone connector
  • Stylus
  • Sync cradle
  • AC Adapter
  • 1440 mAh Lithium-Ion battery

This is just to get familiarised with the PPC platform. Its been reset to factory defaults. I’ve had it for over 5 hours now and strangely, I havent still installed a single software. This didnt come with any software :(

The manuals are available at