HTC Shift: xx Cannot be Opened .. in WM6

Damm, this was anoying the hell out of today.  All I wanted to do was install realvga, but I found that if I clicked on any .cab files in WM6, I would get this:

The file ‘xx’ cannot be opened.  Ether it is not signed with a trusted certificate, ir one of its components cannot be found.  If the problem persists, try reinstalling or restoring the file.

So I re-downloaded, looked at the certs and nothing.  What it turned out to be was the way WM6 was locked down on the HTC Shift.

I found this thread ( and the answer was there ..

Using a registry editor in WM6, Navigate to


change the default value (Which should be blank) to

wceload.exe “%1” /nodelete

there is a space after the .exe and before the /nodelete here.

That was it .. realvga heaven!

HTC Shift .. an interesting one

So today my Windows mobile hung.  With most WM devices you have a soft reset button, but that is sadly lacking from the Shift, so the only fix is to remove the battery.

So I put vista into hibernate and removed the battery.

What is strange is that vista performed a standard boot and not a restore from hibernate!!! confused me .. I thought the hibernate file is stored on disk!

oh and to top things off, vista boots before WM, so to get 3g on vista you need to turn the modem off and back on again!

HTC Shift … after 3 weeks

Okay, so I have had a few request for an update so here it is.

On the whole I really like it, I have some issues but they will come later. The form factor is great and the keyboard is very usable (I have got over my issue of pressing ` instead of 1, it just take a bit of getting used to the keyboard layout). The small touch pad and mouse button are very usable, but what would be nice is a scroll button similar to the HTC Advantage.

Sound quality out of the two speakers is acceptable, but using the headphone jack with headphone is excellent.  I have watched a number of AVI movies on my Shift and headphones add another dimension to a film.  On that note the AVIs played without any video or audio stutter which is excellent.

The Snapvue / Vista toggle button is kewl, as it the fade in / out effect as it switches between the two.

Snapvue is a bit of a pain in the butt. Because it’s not quite Windows Mobile 6, it doesn’t have the functionality that you get used to.  I see up on xda developer that they have a custom WM6 ROM, which I might try next week.  Just like WM6, the wireless stack does not like the London Underground where the mobile phone reception comes and goes.  I have setup my Exchange 2007 server and my Hotmail account and sometimes it is painful to get them to sync.  In most cases the only way is to do a cold reset, which means removing the battery (I have yet to find a reset button, which would have been a nice addition).  It is also a shame that Snapvue is unable to access any of the storage, like the internal harddisk or the SD card.  Maybe the custom ROM will fix that?

On the Vista side of things it is quite responsive.  I read most of my email and RSS using Outlook 2007 and this works quite well.  I installed Office 2007 Professional and all the apps are very usable, that is except for One
Note.  Why, well the screen is an active digitizer so you cant really ink properly, which is a shame.

As expected the main bottle neck is memory and this is a pain, but workable, as you have to remember this is a UMPC and not a laptop replacement!  The hard disk is not the biggest in the world, but I have a 16gb sd card for storing data on.  That brings me to my main moan and that is that from a cold boot the SD card works.  If you hibernate or sleep vista it disappears.  I am sure its a vista update but have not had time to troubleshoot.

Another annoying thing is that Vista uses the wireless stack (Remote NDIS based Internet Sharing Device) from WM6.  This is a great idea but when you have problems with WM6 getting to the mobile phone network, it does affect Vista, but surprisingly Vista can handle it (most of the time) and recovers very well.

Mobile data speeds are very good and I am greatful for having an unlimited contract with T-Mobile (well except for last week when I was on holiday in Malta and clocked up a very impressive and expensive data bill in 3 days!!!)

I that is about it. Not tried Skype yet, but have connect to my wireless Lan at home and that works fine.  I am still working out how to install Windows Powershell as that would make this just excellent!

Oh and I nearly forgot, the question you all want to know … battery life! To be honest I have not done any exhaustive testing, I just couldn’t be bothered.  What I have done is some real live stuff, so I reckon I get about 2 – 2.5 hrs usage from the battery and that is with the modem on surfing or watching a movie off the SD card. I dont really have an issue with that, and the power supply is tiny so I carry that with me anyway!

So would I recommend it?  Yeah, but as long it does what you want. Like most gadgets it has limitations, and you can either live with them or not.  I can, and it allows me to read my email & RSS, surf the web, write blog posts like this one, and edit / create Office documents.  I will check the custom ROM out, and will be on the market for a bugger harddisk (probably solid state) and more memory.

As for the price, you get what you pay for, one of the smallest, sexiest looking UMPC/WM6 device on the market (I get a lot of questions and enquiring looks), that has a dual life of being WM6 and a Vista PC.  Am I glad I am an “early adopter”? yeah of course and as far as I am concerned it was money well spent.

If you want one, check these guts out they gave me a really good deal and have 16gb SD cards.  Mention this blog too if you talk to them ;-)

If there is anything I have missed of you want to know something leave a comment and I will reply

HTC Shift: BsoD

Oh, oh .. surfing the web on saturday night and I left my shift loading go get a drink and I came back and it had rebooted!

 On logging back in, it a popup informed me that it has just Blue Screened … Kewl or not as it might be!

Log Name:      System
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-WER-SystemErrorReporting
Date:          08/03/2008 19:11:05
Event ID:      1001
Task Category: None
Level:         Information
Keywords:      Classic
The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck.  The bugcheck was: 0x0000009f (0x00000003, 0x84fce360, 0x8457a3c0, 0x847df910). A dump was saved in: C:WindowsMEMORY.DMP.

HTC Shift Unboxed

So Tuesday after an MCP I unboxed my shift.  So under the plastic the outer case felt like metal, but it is just “posh! cardboard


Inside the cover was a sleek black box, that looked more like a box of chocolates that a gadget!


Inside the box you have the following:


Top left is spare stylus and  a head set


Top right was a velvety case that has the power supply in it, with velcro ties


Bottom left are the manuals


Under the manuals was a nice surprise.


The battery and a USB hub. On closer examination, the USB Hub has three ports, and RJ45 connector, and on the back a mini USB jack


To fit the battery, you slide off a panel on the underside of the Shift. Here is a slot for a SIM card  and the space for the battery

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Finally, bottom right is the Shift.  It comes in a leather look snug fitting case, embossed with the HTC logo.  The case has two magnets in to secure it closed


Inside the case you have the Shift.

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Looking at the Shift, you have a VGA port at the back  right hand side


On the right side you have the power socket, USB port, SD slot and the power connector


One the left hand side you have 3.5mm head phone jack.


To open the shift, hold and slide it up.  This is a bit stiff and you need to be firm. Once open you then pull the screen portion up. This this adjustable and provides resistance.


When you look at the back of the screen, you can see the two slide rails on either side.


So looking at the shift from the front you have the left and right mouse button top left, and the toggle switch between SnapVue and vista.

Top right you have a connection manager button and below it a button that switches the vista screen resolution between 800×480 and 1024×600

Under that you the a mouse pad, which is surprising responsive and a joy to use.  Bottom right of the screen is the fingerprint pad.

On either side a third down the screen you have two small speakers

When you first power the Shift on, Vista starts up and does it initial setup.

Once started You only have

In comparison to a HTC Advantage, you can see that the Shift is no too much bigger


I can also confirm that the Shift is 800g with battery


Here is the Vista performance rating and I must admit that for such a small package it is quite responsive


SnapVue reports

ROM version: 1.30.405.0 WWE
ROM date: 01/28/08
Radio version:
Protocol version:

My first blog … from my shift

Okay so I have spent the evening unboxing my shift and will post the pictures in the morning.

Honestly I didn’t spend all night unboxing, but I actually took and MCP tonight, just like last night.

So last night I took 70-236 and managed 963 out of 1000 … I only needed to get over 700!

Tonight I took 70-237 (Pro: Designing Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007) you need 700 out of 1000 and guess what, I aced it, 1000/1000 !!! yippy!!!!