Windows CE 6.0 is a version of Windows Embedded Compact, a lightweight operating system designed for embedded devices such as handheld computers, industrial controllers, and automotive systems. Windows CE 6.0 was released in 2006 and introduced a new kernel architecture, improved memory management, and enhanced security features.
If you want to try out Windows CE 6.0 on your PC, you can download a virtual hard disk (VHD) image that contains a pre-installed version of the OS. A VHD image is a file that simulates a physical hard disk and can be used with virtualization software such as VirtualBox or VMware.
In this article, we will show you how to download and install Windows CE 6.0 VHD on your PC using VirtualBox.
Step 1: Download Windows CE 6.0 VHD
The first step is to download the Windows CE 6.0 VHD image from the Internet Archive[^1^]. The Internet Archive is a non-profit organization that preserves digital content such as websites, books, audio, and video. It also hosts a collection of Windows CE disk images that were uploaded by a user named Microsoft.
The Windows CE 6.0 VHD image is located in the Windows CE 6.0 (CEPC) folder of the windows-ce-disk-images directory[^2^]. The file name is WinCE60.vhd and it has a size of about 1 GB. You can download it by clicking on the file name or using the torrent link provided by the Internet Archive.
Step 2: Install VirtualBox
The next step is to install VirtualBox on your PC. VirtualBox is a free and open-source software that allows you to run multiple operating systems on your PC using virtual machines. You can download VirtualBox from its official website: https://www.virtualbox.org/.
After downloading the installer, run it and follow the instructions to complete the installation. You may need to restart your PC after the installation.
Step 3: Create a New Virtual Machine
The third step is to create a new virtual machine in VirtualBox for Windows CE 6.0. A virtual machine is a software environment that mimics a physical computer and runs an operating system.
To create a new virtual machine, open VirtualBox and click on the New button in the toolbar. A wizard will guide you through the process of creating a new virtual machine.
In the Name and Operating System page, enter a name for your virtual machine (such as WinCE60) and select Other as the type and Other/Unknown as the version. Click Next to continue.
In the Memory Size page, enter the amount of RAM you want to allocate for your virtual machine (such as 256 MB). Click Next to continue.
In the Hard Disk page, select Use an existing virtual hard disk file and click on the folder icon next to the drop-down menu. Browse to the location where you downloaded the WinCE60.vhd file and select it. Click Next to continue.
In the Summary page, review the settings of your virtual machine and click Create to finish.
Step 4: Start and Configure Windows CE 6.0
The final step is to start and configure Windows CE 6.0 on your virtual machine. To start your virtual machine, select it in the VirtualBox Manager window and click on the Start button in the toolbar.
A new window will open showing the boot process of Windows CE 6.0. You may see some messages about missing drivers or devices, but you can ignore them as they are not essential for running Windows CE 6.0.
After a few seconds, you should see the Windows CE desktop with some icons and a taskbar at the bottom. You can use your mouse and keyboard to interact with Windows CE 6.0 as you would with any other operating system.
To configure some settings of Windows CE 6.0, such as date and time, network, display, sound, etc., you can use the Control Panel applet located in the Start menu or on the desktop.