Update Windows CE OS using Windows 10 version 1703 (Creators Update) or Newer

Article ID: 04898537

Issue / Question

OS update (.LNK) files will not copy over Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) 6.1 after Windows 10 Creators Update version 1703

Applicable To

All Zebra Windows CE devices

Resolution / Answer


Shortcut (.LNK) files fail to get copied to target Windows CE device over Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) 6.1 after Microsoft Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) installed. Read More>>

If you are having issue getting the Windows CE device to connect to Windows 10, this post should help. Windows CE device does not connect with Windows 10 with Creators upgrade via WMDC


Option 1:
1. On the Windows 10 machine, drag and drop the OS update .LNK file into Notepad. Example 41X0c70Ben_TEMP


In Notepad, click on File> Open...> change view to All Files (*.*)

2. Save this file as text file. Example 41X0c70Ben_TEMP.txt.

3. Copy the entire OSUpdate folder which includes the OS update shortcut we just saved as text(.TXT) file using WMDC.After copying, you will notice that all OS update files were transferred except the shortcut (.LNK) file.

4. Make sure you are browsing the CE device, select the OS update text file (.TXT). Right-click then select Rename.

5. Change the extension back to .LNK then press Enter. When prompted to save the change, select Yes.

6. At this point, tapping on the OS update shortcut (.LNK) will start the update process.


Option 2:
1. On the Windows 10 machine, open CMD shell (from Search type cmd then press Enter)

2. Navigate to the OSUpdate folder where the .lnk file is saved.
3. Rename the .lnk file to .txt using the command rename filename.lnk filename.txt.
Example 41X0c70Ben_TEMP.txt is renamed to 41X0c70Ben_TEMP.lnk.

4. Follow the same steps 3-6 outlined in Option 1 above.


+ Applicable Products

  • MC3100 Mobile Computer
  • MC3200 Operating System Premium
  • MC67 NA Mobile Computer
  • MC9000 9060 Mobile Device
  • MC9090 CE Mobile Computer
  • MC9190-G Mobile Computer
  • MC9200 Mobile Computer
  • VC5090 Vehicle-mounted Computer
  • VC6090 Vehicle-mounted Computer
  • VC70N0
  • WT4000 Wearable Mobile Computer
  • WT41N0 Wearable Terminal Series