Error: failed PB timebomb check
UPDATE 3 March 2022: Microsoft has finally fixed romimage (and several other issues) in the December 2021 Wave 7 update for WEC2013 that they released through DPC on the 15th of February 2022. Direct link to the download is here (but you need to have registered with DPC and have Embedded IoT access rights).
Today, 3 December 2021, Windows Embedded Compact 2013 decided enough is enough!
At least romimage.exe did...
According to Microsoft there should not be any time bomb checks in WEC2013. The last version to have time-bombs was WEC7, but today we find out this is not true. Note that this time-bomb happens for all WEC2013 installations, including the fully licensed ones.
New Zealand was the first to notice (hooray for me!), followed by Australia and by now I'm sure you on the other side of the world have found this blog post looking for a solution...
Well, here it is:
A bit of old-school hacking and cracking and here is the patched romimage.exe. A simple change of 'jg' to 'jmp' and we circumvent the time-bomb check.
Replace C:\WINCE800\public\common\oak\bin\i386\romimage.exe with the one in the 7z package you can download here.
PS. 7-zip password is 'guruce'.
PS2. I have opened a support case with Microsoft to get this issue resolved via an official update but, since this is 100% blocking any work you do with WEC2013, I think/hope MS will not sue me for cracking their time-bomb while we wait for the official fix...