Cradling Device Emulator on Windows 7 in VS 2008

I’ve been doing some Windows Mobile work again and keep getting an issue with the Windows Mobile Device Center and my emulator.  Sometimes when I cradle the emulator it works just fine, other times it doesn’t pick up the connection. 

It seemed rebooting fixd the problem, but I’m not gonna reboot everytime I cradle and un-cradle.

So I found another solution that seems to work, when you cradle and nothing happens, uncradle the device again and open up Windows Mobile Device Center, formerly ActiveSync on XP.

Under Connection Settings, click the checkbox to disable DMA connections.  Then hit ok.  Once that is set, reopen the settings and re-enable DMA connections.  Once the settings are applied you can go into the Device Emulator Manager and cradle the device again, it should work now!

8 thoughts on “Cradling Device Emulator on Windows 7 in VS 2008

  1. Feyd

    Hi, thanks much for that trick. I’ve spent hours trying mobile device emulator connect to internet or to WMDC. I made it only to connect to the Internet, but not to our intranet servers (though it worked both under XP mod). Now at Win7 the situation is opposite, I can only connect to our servers ;)

  2. David

    Thanks much for this trick. It has really helped me so that I do not have to continually restart my pc.

  3. Dave Paterson

    Great Article, but I ran into a little problem with this fix , closing the Windows Device Manager Window does not always close the process! so if more than one wmdc.exe is running the emulator will show the connected ‘user authenticated’ message but the device manager will not show connected. Just kill off all the offending wmdc.exe and bingo :)

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