Dell Axim x50(v), hx4700, hx2xxx users, attention: WM5+ automatic Filesys.exe patcher released!

I’ve published several articles on the Filesys.exe compaction problems. At first, I had the time to release (manually) custom-patched throttler apps for people requesting them in e-mails. (Sorry for all the folks that I simply didn’t have the time for. I’ve been very-very busy lately – not that I’d complain: given the current economic situation, it’s great to have any kind of a (decent) job.)

Some months ago, XDA-Devs forum member “cook” has written a quick patcher app that does this (semi-)automatically.


This is how you can store your ActiveSync-synchronized Outlook mail on your storage card! Dell Axim x50, HP iPAQ hx4700 and hx2x

For a long time, I’ve thought there is no way of relocating ActiveSync-synchronized Outlook mail (that is, mail that ActiveSync synchronizes from/with your desktop Outlook; not to be confused with mail you download straight from your POP3/IMAP mailboxes on your PDA without any ActiveSync synchronization!) to memory cards.

Now, the situation has changed – you can store all your mail bodies (not just the attachments) on storage cards! This is handy for everyone (to lessen the load on the main storage) and particularly for people that have upgraded their ‘legacy’ WM2003SE Dell or HP devices to WM5.

Importance for WM5-upgraded Dells and HP devices

This hack is of extreme importance to Dell Axim x50(v), HP iPAQ hx4700, hx2x1x and hx275x users that have upgraded to WM5. As I’ve pointed out several times (for example here), you MUST reduce writing/deletion to/from the Flash ROM for these devices to be usable (that is, to avoid the filesys.exe compaction ‘kicking in’). This also means avoiding synchronizing Outlook mail with WM5-upgraded devices because, by default, they are all stored in the main storage. Now, with this hack, you can freely and safely synchronize your mail on these devices without lengthy filesys.exe compactions!

And, of course, the hack is very important for anyone wanting to store more than a handful of his or her mails on his or her PDA to keep the built-in free memory as large as possible, independent of the Pocket PC model.

The solution


Everything you need to know about flushing the Registry and WindowsCE databases under Windows Mobile 5

I’m constantly asked about why I keep telling users to power off (suspend; “full†power off is an overkill and is not needed!) their Pocket PC’s after making some registry changes and before resetting their Pocket PC’s. As the answer also contains some really interesting stuff highly useful particularly to WM5 users that have a non-natively WM5 Pocket PC (the Dell Axim x50(v), the hx4700 or the WM2003SE-based HP iPAQ hx2xxx series), I devote an entire article to it.

(Executive) Summary

If you have a non-native WM5 device with WM5, you will really want to read at least the second part of this article so that you can make the “filesys†burden (the worst thing on all non-native WM5 Pocket PC’s) lesser.

If you’re a Pocket PC guru/hacker and (also) interested in how WM5 works, the first part of the article will be of definite interest to you too. Note that understanding it is not needed for casual WM5 users to implement the changes in the second part!


HP iPAQ hx2xxx users that upgraded to WM5, attention

Upon several users' requests, I've created a version for the hx2xxx series of the filesys.exe throttler application already known on the WM5-upgraded iPAQ hx4700.

It will greatly reduce the load caused by the infamous (make a generic search for it on Pocket PC boards or here, in the PPCMag expert blog!) filesys.exe on the WM5-upgraded HP iPAQ hx2xxx Pocket PC's.


Mike Calligaro addresses the compaction problem in non-native Windows Mobile 5 devices


Everyone that has a device (let it be an iPAQ hx or a Dell Axim x50(v)) upgraded to WM5 knows what problems the compaction service (filesys.exe) causes. The problem has been addressed by Pocket PC gurus/hackers (including me) several times, with varying success. (See for example this article.) Now, well-known Windows Mobile Team blogger Mike Calligaro addressed this problem in his blog, with particular attention to the WM5-upgraded HP iPAQ hx4700. The article is a nice read to anyone that wants to know more about the compaction process. Also, it points the reader to the new, free, much more WM5-friendly (it doesn't write temporary files back to the main storage) DockWare version, which is highly recommended for all hx4700 users (go and get it!).


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