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"Unable to use Windows Mobile Device Center with Windows 8."
Out of the box, the Windows 8 operating system is not compatible with the Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) application. This is because .NET Framework version 4.5 is included with Windows 8 and is installed with the operating system. However, WMDC requires version 3.5 of the .NET Framework, which is not part of the Windows 8 installation.
The steps provided below show how to get the WMDC operating with Windows 8, so data and applications can be transferred between the desktop PC and the mobile device.
Attempting to run or install the Windows Mobile Device Center before enabling the .NET Framework may cause issues with installation of the WMDC application. Trimble recommends enabling the .NET Framework 3.5 via the Control Panel before connecting any Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded hand-held devices to the office computer.