Recent blog entries

Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 now available on MSDN (Subscriber Downloads)

Available as an update or as a complete Visual Studio 2015  Plus Update 1 installation. Note this is needed for Build 10856 (the latest version) of Windows 10 IoT-Core as connectivity fails with the RTM version of Visual Studio 2015. Looks like its not available yet as the free Community Edition on

Win10 IoT-Core: Qualcomm Dragonboard 410c Diaries [Up to Day 5]

Index of my trials and tribulations (as separate blogs) with bringing up a Qualcomm Dragonboard 410c to run Windows 10 IoT-Core. Starts with the purchase. Then goes onto powering it  up and will go onto installing the OS and developing apps. Previous posts on this topic are indexed here and don’t show on the main page.

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Azure IoT Suite: Certified for IoT Devices & their OS

Certified for IoT devices have tested compatibility with the Azure IoT SDKs and are ready to be used in your IoT application. Specifically, we identify compatibility based on operating system platform and code language

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Win 10 IoT-Core: Bluetooth Universal Windows Serial App–Update 1.2

This blog presents a Universal Windows App that connects to an embedded Bluetooth device over the Bluetooth Serial Profile using a genetic Bluetooth USB dongle. This app will run on both a Windows 10 IoT-Core devices such as a Raspberry PI2 and a Windows 10 Desktop. The blog covers in detail the key issues with pairing including where a passkey is required with a RPI2 as well as a Bluetooth primer. Update 1.2: One bug fix (was writing send text twice) and and one code improvement (menu returns DeviceInformation so no need to requery for it.)

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Win 10 IoT Core: Raspberry PI 2 Native Serial is Live!

The serial pins on the Raspberry PI now have a driver in Windows 10 IoT Core on RPI2!

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Win 10 IoT Core Universal Windows App: Azure Sensors: New Project on Codeplex [Update-1]

Publ2shed on Codeplex and GitHub. More details later:
Win10 IoT Core Universal Windows App runs on a Raspberry PI 2 (& desktop) that reads some sensors (on an Arduino board) saves to and from Azure Mobile Service

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Development Tools for Windows Embedded Compact & CE

Development environment and tools for Windows Embedded CE 6.0, Windows Embedded Compact 7 and 2013.

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Win 10 IoT Core: FTDI Serial Driver–Headless Startup Task problem [Issue update]

In a previous blog I covered the use of the FTDI D2XX driver on a Windows 10 IoT Core Raspberry PI 2.  An issue arose with respect to Startup Tasks. Microsoft have looked into the issue.

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Win 10 IoT Core: Raspberry Pi 2 Peripherals – Serial (Update 3)

There are currently 2 reserved GPIO pins on the RPI2 that ordinarily are SOC (I call native) serial. A future Tx and Rx  but not at the moment. Serial is achieved on the RPI2 with Win 10 IoT Core via a USB-Serial device connected to a Host USB port on the RPI2. There are though limitations in that the widely used FTDI chipset is not supported by Microsoft, although we have a solution. An alternative is over Bluetooth but there is an issue there.

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Win 10 IoT Core: FTDI Serial Driver–Headless Startup Task problem

In a previous blog I covered the use of the FTDI D2XX driver on a Windows 10 IoT Core Raspberry PI 2. This covered a missing plank from the Win10RPI2 armour that was much called for. It facilitates the use of USB-Serial devices based upon the  FTDI chipset of which there are many. Jark took an idea I had to use the FTDI ARM Windows RT D2XX driver for the RT Surface 1 & 2 and created a comprehensive Universal Windows App that used the driver. His GitHub project contains complete instructions to install the driver on a RPI2. This project is though an App.  What about a using it in a Startup Task on a headless RPI2? A blocking issue has arisen.

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Windows Embedded Compact 7

The Windows Embedded Compact 7 (Compact 7) getting started series is created to provide simple and easy to follow information to help academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to learn and engage in Compact 7 development.

**This is a series of 9 articles, with additional supplements, that cover the following subjects:

  • Development environment
  • OS design
  • Managed code application
  • Native code application
  • Silverlight for Windows Embedded application
  • SQL Compact database application
  • Debug and remote tools
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Embedded101 Articles & Application Notes

Apr10CEDriverWiz Version 2.00: Using the Wizard
Created by David Jones on 4/10/2013 8:56:42 AM

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Apr10CEDriverWiz Version 2.00: An Example
Created by David Jones on 4/10/2013 7:28:32 AM

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Apr09Installing CEDriverWiz for Visual Studio
Created by David Jones on 4/9/2013 8:41:27 AM

Install Visual Studio 2012/2008/2005 (depending upon your version of CE/Compact) and all of t...
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Apr01CEDriverWiz V2.00: About this release
Created by David Jones on 4/1/2013 7:33:39 AM

This brings the wizard in line with our Wrox book: "Professional Windows Embedded Compact 7" . ...
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Apr01CEDriverWiz Version 2.00 User Manual
Created by David Jones on 4/1/2013 6:40:34 AM

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May15Configure Flash Storage to Launch Compact 7 OS Runtime with DiskPrep
Created by Sam Phung on 5/15/2012 8:41:50 PM

The DiskPrep powertoy is a useful utility to configure different type of flash storage to launch Wi...
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