Installing Pocket PC programs is fairly straightforward. Palmtop computers use an interface with a hosting laptop or desktop computer. The handheld is updated and installed through this interface. This interface also provides a means to install third-party programs onto the iPAQ. The procedure typically is as follows :
This overview covers most installation scenarios. However, some programs only require the passing of one or more files manually from host to client, whereas some require more complex procedures that update the iPAQ's ROM drivers.