if you don't have MDC available I think your best option is to use an SDCard to move data from the PC to the device.
Another option would be installing a small FTP server on the device and move the file having it connected to the same WiFi network. Depending on the use case, this may be more convenient.
Thanks for the suggestions.
This needs to be used by end users (think warehouse operatives), so removing the SD card to do each download isn't suitable.
The client won't allow the devices on the network, so networked cradle and wi-fi are both out.
They won't allow MDC as Microsoft have told them that it isn't supported under Windows 7 and later.
So I really need to get one connected without MDC and without it getting network access - if it mounts as storage that would seem to be ideal.
Does everyone really use either network (wi-fi/networked cradle) or MDC on PC?
It's strange because Windows 7 was supported in the past...
Looking at the download page for MDC, seems that they removed Windows 7:
Supported Operating System
- Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 is currently only available for the following versions of Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows Vista.
- Windows Vista Ultimate
- Windows Vista Enterprise
- Windows Vista Business
- Windows Vista Home Premium
- Windows Vista Home Basic
- Windows Vista Server
Yeah, it's bit of a pain for security-sensitive clients :-).
I would suggest an Ethernet cradle.
I don't have an MC32, but my MC92 CE7 device has an option to use mass storage. Settings/Control Panel/USB Config/Usb Client mode tab/Mass Storage. Gives you the option to select Platform or Application. I just tried it with my Win 7 PC and a Win 10 PC and it works. When this is connected, the device has no access to the folder though, so the app would not be able to read or write to \application for instance while the device is in the cradle. If that's an issue, this might also work with an SD card, but I have not tried that.
Unfortunately the client won't allow the devices on the network, because they cannot apply their corporate lock-down and patch regime, etc. So they are insisting on them only having USB connectivity.
However, that's great news about the mass storage operation, many thanks for trying that Dan. Looks like that will work for us for this client, then.
Really appreciate the help and effort there - have a great weekend!