Friday, February 27, 2009

Run an application when device connects to PC via ActiveSync

To run an application when a PDA device connects to the PC via ActiveSync, the AutoStartOnConnect registry key can be used. The key resides at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows CE Services\AutoStartOnConnect in the Windows Registry Editor.

When a device connects to the PC, ActiveSync enumerates all the string values under the AutoStartOnConnect key and attempts to launch the specified applications.

Similarly, the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows CE Services\AutoStartOnDisconnect can be used when a device is disconnected from the PC.

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