How to connect Remote Spy++ to Windows Mobile emulators in Visual Studio 2008

I don’t see any problem doing so, but I got a question from a comment of one of my earlier post.

The question states

Hello! Could you please tell more about how to make Remote Spy++ connect to WM 5.0 emulator, which I got with MSVS2008? I’ve read some articles at, but they say you can’t connect to Windows Mobile, only Windows CE…

So I want to explain the process to connect Remote Spy to Windows Mobile emulator in Visual Studio 2008.

Here are the steps:

1. On the Debug menu of Visual Studio 2008, click Start Debugging.

Note: Make sure you selected the correct emulator, for example, USA Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC R2 emulator, depending on what Windows Mobile SDK you’re using for your project. The step is the same for Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1 emulators.

2.  On the Start menu, click All Programs, expand Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 folder, click Remote Spy in the Visual Studio Remote Tools folder to start Remote Spy.

3. In the Select a Windows CE Device dialog box of Remote Spy, select the emulator (or device) you want Remote Spy to connect to (the same one as you selected in step 1). Then click “OK.” Shortly you will be able to see the Windows List shows up.

Let me know if there’s any problem, and I will figure it out for you.

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