How to setup development environment for WinCE and VS2008
Microsoft moved most of the Windows CE documentation to https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/windows/embedded/gg154201(v=winembedded.80), and it is not indexed by Google.
This article describe the setup for application development on WinCE 5,6,7 with Visual Studio 2008. If you are interested in Windows Embedded Compact 2013 and Visual Studio 2012, 2013 or 2015 have a look here.
Install the following SW on your development PC.
Windows Mobile Device Center / ActiveSync
If you use Windows XP or an earlier version you need to install ActiveSync. Windows 7/8 will automatically use Windows Mobile Device Center when you connect your Toradex Module with the development PC
Visual Studio 2008
Download and install Visual Studio 2008. You may find more information in our Windows Embedded Compact Application Development article.
Remote Display tool
Development environment setup is complete.
Write your first Program
Get started with these projects:
Deployment and debugging in Visual Studio 2008
Before deploying and debugging the project to the Colibri module, connect the module via USB client port to the PC and power up the board. After a few seconds, the device will be shown as connected in Windows Mobile Device Center (for Windows 7/8) or Active Sync (for Windows XP).
Deployment and debugging in VS2008 can also be done over an Ethernet connection.