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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Why can't I use Windows Update with XPe?

    Probably the second most common question I get from people starting to use XP Embedded is "Why can't I update my Embedded runtime directly from the Windows Update web site?" (the first question I get is "Are you Windows CE?" <grin>). Here are some of the reasons I respond with.

    Windows Update has no knowledge of Embedded as an OS platform, therefore there is no built-in logic to assess what features (and files) are present on the runtime. This means that Windows Update would blindly push down all security updates that were not already present on the runtime, whether they were appropriate or not. There are a number of reasons why this is a scary scenario:

    • Windows update packages include a payload that contains previous versions of files, which facilitates "roll-back" to a previous version of a file if the updated one causes a problem. This has footprint implications, because the install packages may be bigger than desired on an Embedded device. Also, XP Embedded does not support Add/Remove, so it would not support rolling back to a previous version.

    • XP Embedded does not have Windows File Protection. This means there is nothing to prevent the updated version of a file from overwriting the original one and causing other applications and features to break because of versions incompatibility.

    • Applying unnecessary updates to the device could cause it to run out of disk or memory space and to crash- having your Embedded device "blue-screen" in the field is not on any customer's wish list.

    Ultimately the owner of the image would lose all control of that image, and not be able to reliably see what state it was in


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  • Open Data France

    GitHub for Windows

    Ce billet s’inscrit dans la suite directe d’une première présentation de la Forge GitHub dans un précédent billet et comment l’utiliser sous Windows pour contribuer notamment à OGDI DataLab . Certains utilisateurs peuvent encore éprouver certaines difficultés...
  • OneNote Testing

    OneNote’s own Nicole Steinbok talking at Ignite!

    This is really great – OneNote PM Nicole gave a start (4 1/2 minute) talk at Ignite and it is now online now here . You can see more about Ignite here . Anyway, Nicole gives a good talk about what a PM is and how to be effective in that role.  She...
  • Harry Pierson's DevHawk Weblog

    Simulating Class Designer

    It's Thursday, and the Class Designer team is sticking to their new entry every Thursday policy. I don't want to just post a link to their blog every week, but if they keep doing stuff this cool I'll have no choice. Eugene Chigirinskiy could have just...
  • Owen Allen - The MOSS Garden

    Bad Posting Host, International Dental Assistant

    Well, I've been avoiding the posting for the past few weeks as things have been busy. I was asked to participate in a ten-day Humanitarian Aid trip to Ecuador to accompany a Dentist. Thanks to the good people here in the District that helped to free up...
  • Roberdan

    Forrester Report: Trends 2005—Collaboration available

    Forrester Research originally published its Trends 2005: Collaboration analyst report in December, 2004, which provided a succinct and objective assessment of the key trends in collaboration as the technology “enters the realm of the strategic.” Two of...
  • IRhetoric - Karsten Januszewski

    Avalon as Convergence

    When we talk about Avalon, we often talk about integration and unification, the notion that the Avalon framework unifies any type of UI you seek to paint to the screen, whether its 2d, 3d, layout, text or video. Integration and unification describe the...
  • AprilR's Blog

    Recall Class

    So to keep up with the project management in VC++ land, we are right now only fixing show-stopping bugs. We also call this period recall class mode, which means that we would recall the media for the bug fix. As the days of March get crossed off the calendar...
  • Eric Gunnerson's Compendium

    Eric Rudder chat transcript

    Lots of good information about Whidbey and other stuff.
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog

    List of released updates for SQL Server 2005 SP2

    The link below lists build numbers, KB numbers and links to cumulative updates updates 1 to 9 for SQL Server 2005: List of build numbers and cumulative updates 1-9 for SQL Server 2005 Also see this post for relevance of SQL Updates to Microsoft...
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog

    Beware the SQL Index property on NAV 5.0 SP1

    The discussion of the changes starting with Microsoft Dynamics NAV version 5 regarding the use of Dynamic cursors has already been addressed in the article titled "Cursor Types" on the SE Blog -
  • Inside Office Online blog

    Office OFFline comic pick of the week for 10/16/09

    Photo by Tama Leaver The Office OFFline comic pick this week was inspired by all the silly debates I’ve seen online, as well as by all the back-to-school supplies I had to buy for my daughters.
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