How to Upgrade Windows Mobile on an iPAQ 2490B

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How to Upgrade Windows Mobile on an iPAQ 2490B
Updates are available for the Windows Mobile operating system on the HP iPAQ 2490b Pocket PC. (pocket pc image by Ilja Ma...¡Ã­k from

The iPAQ 2490b is a pocket PC by Hewlett Packard that runs Windows Mobile. The device is used for professional and business purposes, such as organising, scheduling and keeping notes. The device also includes Microsoft Windows programs such as Internet Explorer, Word, Media Player, PowerPoint and Excel Mobile. The are software updates available for the Windows Mobile operating system that will improve the functionality and performance of the device, while adding new features.

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Things you need

  • ActiveSync 4.1 or later
  • Desktop USB cradle

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  1. 1

    Install ActiveSync for your PC. You need to have ActiveSync 4.1 or later running on your system in order to upgrade the HP Pocket PC. This can be installed using the set-up wizard on the companion CD that was included with the device.

  2. 2

    Go to the HP website and click "Support and Drivers" at the top of the page. On the next page, search for the product in the search box. On the page for the HP 2400 series under the "Tasks" section, click "Download Drivers and Software." Then select your IPAQ 2490b, you will now be taken to the support page for this product. Click the "Download" button to download the latest "softpaq.EXE" file and save the file to a location on your computer.

  3. 3

    Connect your iPAQ Pocket PC into your computer by using the desktop cradle for the device. Insert the device into the cradle, plug the AC adaptor cable into an electrical socket and plug the USB cable into your computer. Then, establish a connection with ActiveSync. You will know when it is connected when you see the ActiveSync icon in your taskbar turn green.

  4. 4

    Double-click the downloaded file and you should see the update window opening. Follow any onscreen instructions and then click "Next." You should see a progress bar showing you how much time is remaining in the update process. You will receive a notification when this is finished.

  5. 5

    Disconnect your HP Pocket PC from your computer and remove it from the cradle. Perform a normal reset by lightly tapping the reset button located at the bottom of the device. It should now restart with your new software installed. Your HP iPAQ 2490b Pocket PC has successfully been updated with new Windows Mobile Software.

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