Windows Mobile Device Center for Windows Vista Now Available

Windows Mobile Program Manager Mel Sampat tells us that Windows Mobile Device Center (Beta 3) is finally here for Public Download for Windows Vista RC1 and higher.

Head over to the Windows Mobile Device Center webpage at to download!

Comments (15)
  1. Anonymous says:

    You already know that a new version of the Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) Beta has been released

  2. Anonymous says:

    About time, and it even works!

    Thank you, thank you thank you thank you!

    Just a lil’ bug report – when you click on ‘view error log’ in case of a sync error, nothing happens and instead it just goes back to normal view.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It crashed once for me (running RC2 with Mobile 2005 device) but otther than that pretty good. Took me a couple of plugs/unplugs to get it to initially work then a couple more to get it to save my password.

    I THINK it only sync’s with Outlook, not Windows Contacts & Calendar.

    At least I can sync my phone again…yay!


  4. Anonymous says:

    Hey lotech:  The place to go is to file bugs 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    Will you support SyncML in the future?  : )

  6. Anonymous says:

    When I ran the file to install, it did some routine unpacking then the install application itself disappeared. I never got confirmation of it being installed successfully, so I rebooted. After rebooting, I noticed a new tray icon, Sync Center, so I plugged in my phone and it began to sync. Apparently it had installed fine. So far it seems to work fine with a few bugs and kinks still.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Downloaded it but WMDC doesn’t open.  I am using RC1 and haven’t been able to sync over a month.  Can you help?

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have installed it ok, but I dont get it – how do I actually make it synchronize with Windows Calendar, Windows Contacts? It shows that synchronization goes on ok, but no contacts and appointments actually transferred from mobile device to PC.

    Also tried to create new contact in Windows Contacts, sync ok, but it does not appear on mobile device.

    Am I missing something? All synchronizations are enabled in control panel.

  9. Anonymous says:

    The above link to the Windows Mobile Device Center page has information on submitting feedback to the Windows Mobile Team.

    It suggests sending feedback and issues to the email address

    If you are having any issues, I’d send them to that email address.

    I’d also head over to the Windows Vista Newsgroups and post your problem there as several product teams monitor the newsgroups for potential issues and feedback:

    – Brandon

  10. Anonymous says:

    So, about support to synchronize with Windows Calendar or Windows Contacts – is it planned in final version?

    I find it quite odd when Microsoft cant synchronize device with own PIMs that are integrated into OS by default.

  11. Anonymous says:

    To respond to Ingvarr’s post on 10/7, we do not support syncing of Windows Calendar or Windows Contacts.  But we do support syncing of Outlook Calendar and Contacts.  

    To respond to someone’s post on 10/7, we are always considering and reprioritizing features based on market demand.

    To respond to wizll’s post, Sync Center and Windows Mobile Device Center are two different applications.  Sync Center gives a summarized view of the sync status of a Windows Mobile device.  To actually manage your device, you will want to open WMDC.  Check in the Control Panel’s Add/Remove programs to make sure it installed successfully.  You should also see wmdc.exe running in the Task Manager.

    General tip: After installing the latest Beta, you may need to disconnect and reconnect your device to see the WMDC application open.

    Thanks for everyone’s comments.  For more in-depth troubleshooting help, please send mail to

  12. Anonymous says:

    clefmeister, thanks for the hints.  Tried that and still can’t get it to work.  I then uninstalled the Windows Mobile Device Center and Driver Update programs from the installed programs list.  I then tried the WHOS key registry update and ran wmupdate.msi.  Now I get the following:

    System.IO.FileLoadException: The located assembly’s manifest definition does not match the assembly reference. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80131040)

      at Microsoft.WindowsMobile.DeviceManager.IForeman.StartFactory(Guid factory)

      at Microsoft.WindowsMobile.DeviceCenter.Program.Main()

    When I try to rerun the drvupdate-x86.msi then it appears to start installing but never finish.  I then go into Control Panel>Programs & Features and try to repair the Windows Mobile Device Center and Driver Update.  The Windows Mobile Device Center appears to repair but the driver update wont.  

    Thoughts anyone about how to get it to work?

  13. Anonymous says:

    O wow! time to try it out on my Ipaq.

  14. Anonymous says:

    eakins, if you’ve got any autoplay settings for your mobile device, try clearing those out.  Also, try deleting your device and then plugging it back in, then double-click the Windows Mobile Device Center to actually kick off the installation.  I’m running rc1 and was able to sync up just fine, but the installation of WMDC didn’t seem to complete until after I had followed those steps.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Still some big bugs in here, some bits missing.

    I just can’t seem to find a place to actually place bug reports – anyone?

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