When I browse the files on a remote Windows Mobile device using ActiveSync, I regularly want to view the contents of txt files (application log files, etc.). Windows XP is not able to open these files directly from the device, so I have to copy them to my local disk first before I can open them.

Is there a tool for WinXP that allows me to open the files in one click, rather then have to copy them first?

I am specifically looking for a desktop-based tool, not a tool that runs on the device. The reason is that I frequently hard-reset the device and I do not want to have to reinstall the tool each time I do that.

  • Could you upgrade to Vista (or Windows 7) at all? They behave as you desire... – Rowland Shaw Feb 2 '10 at 14:34
  • @Rowland I know, but unfortunately that is not an option, since I intend to install it on my PC at work, where I cannot upgrade the OS. – Daan Feb 2 '10 at 14:40
  • Well, it'd be a business case to justify the upgrade -- just thought I'd check the obvious. Are you able to use a virtualised development environment instead? – Rowland Shaw Feb 2 '10 at 15:14

Try WM5torage: a tool that allows to use your PDA as a regular USB mass storage device (or a flash drive if you want). Quick way to download it is go here and click 'Mirror download': forum on which it's hosted won't allow downloading of files for anonymous users.

  • This might do what I want, problem is: I use it during development of Windows Mobile software and I clean the mobile devices regularly. It is too cumbersome to reinstall the tool on the mobile device every time. I was hoping for a desktop-based tool that can work with any connected WM device. – Daan Feb 1 '10 at 14:08

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