FIX: Error message when you browse a Web site on a Windows Embedded CE 6.0-based device: "Your browser is out of date"


You start a Web browser on a Windows Embedded CE 6.0-based device. When you use the browser to visit certain Web sites, you receive the following error message:

Your browser is out of date.
For example, you encounter the problem when the browser visits the YouTube Web site.


This problem occurs because certain Web sites check the UAString setting to identify the browser when they are visited. The browser will use a default value which is determined by the User Agent mode that you select in the General tab of the Internet Options menu. However, this value is not supported by the Web sites that you try to visit.


Software update information

A supported software update is now available from Microsoft as Windows CE 6.0 Platform Builder Monthly Update (December 2009). You can confirm this by scrolling to the "File information" section of this article. The package file name contains the product version, date, Knowledge Base article number, and processor type. The package file name format is:
Product version-yymmdd-kbnnnnnn-processor type
For example: Wincepb50-060503-kb917590-armv4i.msi is the ARMV4i Windows CE 5.0 Platform Builder fix that is documented in KB article 917590 and that is contained in the May 2006 monthly update. To resolve this problem immediately, click the following article number for information about obtaining Windows CE Platform Builder and core operating system software updates:
837392 How to locate core operating system fixes for Microsoft Windows CE Platform Builder products


This update is supported only if all previously issued updates for this product have also been installed.

Restart requirement

After you apply this update, you must perform a clean build of the whole platform. To do this, use one of the following methods:
  • On the Build menu, click Clean, and then click Build Platform.
  • On the Build menu, click Rebuild Platform.
You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this software update.

Update replacement information

This update does not replace any other updates.

File information

The English version of this software update package has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
File nameFile sizeDateTimePath
Windows embedded ce 6.0_update_kb978007.htm9,34522-Dec-200920:35091218_kb978007


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information

After you apply this Hotfix, you can customize the values of the UAString setting that are sent to certain Web sites. This hotfix introduces a list that maintains the mapping between the values of the HostNameSuffix setting and the values of the UAString setting. This information is recorded in registry entries under the following registry subkey:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\UAMap

The names of the registry entries are values of the HostNameSuffix setting. The type of the registry entries is REG_SZ. The data of the registry entries are the values of UAString setting. For example, there is a registry entry as follows:
YouTube.comREG_SZMozilla/4.0 (compatible; Internet Explorer Embedded; Windows NT 5.1)

In this example, if you visit a Web site whose host name ends with "," such as the Web site, the value of the UAString setting will be "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; Internet Explorer Embedded; Windows NT 5.1)."

The hotfix enables the following mechanisms to customize the values of the UAString setting:
  • You can change the value of each registry entry. Also, you can add registry entries. However, some Web sites may not recognize the custom values of the UAString setting. Therefore, you should make sure that the custom values of the UAString setting can be recognized when you make the changes.
  • If the ending of a host name matches multiple suffixes, the value for the UAString setting will be selected based on the longest suffix. For example, the "" host name that matches both the "" and the "" suffixes. In this example, the correct value for the UAString setting will be selected based on the "" suffix.
  • If there is no suffix in the list that matches the host name of the URL, the default value of the UAString setting will be used.
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Article ID: 978007 - Last Review: Jan 6, 2010 - Revision: 1