Can’t find PInvoke DLL ‘sqlceme35.dll’

I was working with a Windows mobile application that uses SQL Server Compact. After upgrading to Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and SQL Server Comapct 3.5 SP1 I got MissingMethodException, Can’t find PInvoke DLL ‘sqlceme35.dll’. The problem is that the native DLL is not installed. I tried various solutions to no avail, and the only one that worked for me was to install the missing DLL manually. It is included in a CAB file located under C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server Compact Edition\v3.5\Devices\<platform>\<processor>, but which platform and processor is the right one? I found the answer here: All Windows Mobile 5 and above devices are using, so that’s the one you need to install. (So platform is wce500 and processor is armv4i.)
Configure a shared folder in the emulator and copy the cab there. On the emulator device, open the cab and it installs.

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  1. This particular article from you really helped me. I was facing this same problem and your suggestion solved it for me.
    I’m new to mobile development. Can you tell me how I can make VS2008 install instead of the other version it is installing? Basically how can I control what VS installs on the device (emulator or physical)?
    Thanks in advance,

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