How to Use DOS to Boot Windows CE

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How to Use DOS to Boot Windows CE
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If you are developing a device that uses Windows CE, you will need to use DOS to boot the OS the first time. DOS is the base-level operating system that runs before Windows CE can be initialised. To boot Windows CE from DOS, you need to use one of two boot loaders; both are contained in the Windows CE installer package. This installation presumes that you have Windows CE loaded to a USB stick, as is standard for Windows CE deployment.

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Instructions

    LoadCEPC.exe Booting

  1. 1

    Navigate, using the "cd" command, to "\WINCE600\PLATFORM\CEPC\SRC\BOOTLOADER\DOS\BOOTDISK."

  2. 2

    Copy the following files to "C:" using the "copy" command: autoexec.bat, config.sys, himem.sys and loadcepc.exe.

  3. 3

    Type "format c: /s" and press "Enter."

  4. 4

    Select "Boot CE/PC (local nk.bin)" when the boot options appear. Press "Enter."

  5. 5

    Use the copy command to copy "nk.bin" to the "C:" drive.

    X86 BIOS Loadef

  1. 1

    Navigate, using the "cd" command, to "WINCE600\PLATFORM\CEPC\SRC\BOOTLOADER\BIOSLOADER\DISKIMAGES\SETUPDISK."

  2. 2

    Type "mkdisk c:" and press "Enter."

  3. 3

    Use the copy command to move "nk.bin" to the "C:" drive. The boot loader will now automatically boot from DOS into Windows CE.

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