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  • Blog Post: Using SMI Settings to Configure a Windows Embedded Standard 7 Image

    Many of you must be wondering what SMI settings are and how these settings could be used to configure Windows Embedded Standard 7 image. Let me explain… What is an SMI Setting? Settings Management Infrastructure (SMI) is a schema that is used to define mutable operating system settings. A mutable...
  • Blog Post: Diagnosis of Driver Setup Issues in Windows Embedded Standard 7 – Part 3

    Introduction This is the third and final blog in a series of articles which discusses the troubleshooting and diagnosis of driver installation issues in Windows Embedded Standard 7. Previously we presented the format of the SetupAPI.dev.log file and an example driver installation scenario. Now we will...
  • Blog Post: Diagnosing IBW Installation Problems – Part 3 of 3

    In Part 1 of this series we figured out where the logs are located. In Part 2 , we learned how IBW works and what messages get written to which log files. In this final section, we’ll dig deep into the logs to determine the cause of our problem and how to fix it. Interpreting the logs Now that...
  • Blog Post: Diagnosing IBW Installation Problems – Part 1 of 3

    *Updated with links to Part 2 and 3 -4/13/10* So, you’re installing a Standard 7 image through IBW, and partway through installation, you get a nice little popup that looks something like this: Darn. What do you do now? Answer: Log files to the rescue! IBW does its best to provide users...
  • Blog Post: Using AppLocker in Standard 7

    * Updated 4/5/10 with clearer instructions for step 1* In my last blog , I gave an overview of how AppLocker can help you lock down what applications can run on your Windows Embedded Standard 7 device. To demonstrate how AppLocker works, I’ll walk through an example of how to create a rule to block...
  • Blog Post: Service Packs in Windows Embedded Standard 7

    *Updated 3/25/10- removed section "Types of Service Packs" , added section "Service Packs and Distribution Share"* This article discusses Service Packs and how they will be used in Windows Embedded Standard 7. What is a Service Pack? A Service Pack is a roll-up of all previously released updates...
  • Blog Post: Application Lockdown with AppLocker on Standard 7

    A common requirement for Windows Embedded Standard 7 devices is controlling what applications can run on the system. If the device only runs your own custom application, such as a kiosk or set-top box, then you might want to ensure that no other applications could be run to break out of the experience...
  • Blog Post: The Meaning of RC

    As has been announced previously on this blog, the Release Candidate (RC) build of Windows Embedded Standard 7 is now available.  You can download this RC from Microsoft Connect ( https://connect.microsoft.com/windowsembedded ).  I would encourage you to download the RC build, create and deploy...
  • Blog Post: Diagnosis of Driver Setup Issues in Windows Embedded Standard 7 – Part 2

    *Updated formatting - 4/13/10* Introduction This is the second blog in a series of articles which discusses the troubleshooting and diagnosis of driver installation issues in Windows Embedded Standard 7 (Standard 7). Previously we presented the different phases of setup and a brief introduction...
  • Blog Post: Write Filters Support for Mass Deployment in Windows Embedded Standard 7

    Mass deployment is the process of creating a master Windows Embedded Standard 7 runtime image on a reference system and then deploying this image to multiple target systems. The deployment process typically uses specific tools such as System Preparation tool (sysprep.exe) and Imagex.exe as well as Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Embedded Standard 7 Localization Language Setup and Support

    Background Windows Embedded Standard 7 adopts same localization model as the Windows 7. Basically, language resources are completely separated from the code, enabling a worldwide binary which does not require localization in all supported language. All localizable resources are packaged in the form...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Template

    A while back JT talked about Application Templates for Image Configuration Editor and the resources and community that we’re building around them. I wanted to explain how to create a template for ICE and clarify any questions you might have. Templates are functionally just like answer files, but are...
  • Blog Post: Some Thoughts about Application Templates in Windows Embedded Standard 2011

    Now that Windows Embedded Standard 2011’s CTP2 has been publicly available for several weeks I hope you’ve had the chance to take a look at our new Application Templates web page. Finding the dependencies for an application to ensure it runs correctly on your embedded image has always been one of the...
  • Blog Post: Searching for Files and Registry Keys in ICE

    While developing the toolset for Windows Embedded Standard 2011, we wanted to always allow the user fine-grained control over their image, and let the user be aware of how their image was being crafted. The main job of Image Configuration Editor (ICE), the main GUI tool for creating answer files, is...
  • Blog Post: Windows Embedded Standard 2011 Compatible Applications

    Most applications that run on Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP will run on Windows Embedded Standard 2011.  Templates now make it easy to ensure that all of your favorite and most important applications will run on Windows Embedded Standard 2011.  These templates allow an application...
  • Blog Post: Offline-building Windows Embedded Standard 2011 Images

    One of the biggest changes between our Windows Embedded Standard 2009 (XP Embedded) and Windows Embedded Standard 2011 tools is the concept of image building. In Windows Embedded Standard 2009, components were selected in Target Designer and images assembled on the developer machine, after which it had...
  • Blog Post: Updating Your Windows Embedded Standard 2011 Image Using DISM

    So you’ve spent a few hours, and you’ve made the perfect answer file for your device.  Internet Explorer works, media files can be played, and you are very happy with how it turned out.  However, after testing for just 5 minutes, you realize you can’t open and view certain picture formats,...
  • Blog Post: Dialog Box Filter- a New Feature in Windows Embedded Standard 2011

    Dialog Box Filter is a new feature in Windows Embedded Standard 2011. Dialog Box Filter can be used to prevent dialogs or windows from appearing on your embedded system. In order to use Dialog Box Filter properly it is important that you understand how it performs this task. This article will explain...
  • Blog Post: Windows Embedded Standard 2011 CTP2 is now available!

    Over the last several months, the Windows Embedded team has been hard at work to get this CTP2 release out the door. A big “Thank You!” to all the customers who have provided feedback on the product. Since the release of CTP1 we have had fantastic community participation with more than 2700+ downloads...
  • Blog Post: Customizing Windows Embedded Standard 2011

    Introduction During the planning phases of Windows Embedded Standard 2011, we invested considerable effort to make Windows Embedded Standard 2011 customizable to the point where our customers will be able to create a custom experience – from the moment the machine boots up until it shuts down. To...
  • Blog Post: EWF Overlay Limits on Windows Embedded Standard 2009 and 2011

    Introduction When using Enhanced Write Filter (EWF) in RAM or RAMREG mode several customers might assume the EWF overlay is limited solely by the availability of physical memory. Consequently, many assume they will be able to achieve an overlay twice as big on a system with 2 GB RAM than on a system...
  • Blog Post: Adding Custom Files And Creating an IBW Disk in Windows Embedded Standard 2011

    Note: The content in this blog is for users who are familiar with using Image Configuration Editor (ICE) to create a fully resolved answer file. If you would like to learn how to create a fully resolved answer file, please refer to this blog article . ICE provides easy ways to add custom files to your...
  • Blog Post: BitLocker in Windows Embedded Standard 2011

    In this blog article I will be talking about a new security feature in Windows Embedded Standard 2011 (“Quebec”). This security feature has been part of Windows Operating System since Vista timeframe. I will touch upon the usefulness of this feature. The main idea of this article is to go over the procedure...
  • Blog Post: Reminder: Third Webinar on Windows Embedded Standard 2011 is on Monday

    This is a reminder that on Monday, Oct 19 the third technical webinar in our series on Windows Embedded Standard 2011 will be held. The details are: Date: October 19, 2009 Event Start Time: 11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (UTC - 7 hours) Duration: 1 hour Join this one hour webinar to experience servicing...
  • Blog Post: Quality Control for Windows Embedded Standard 2011 Drivers

    One of the nice features of Windows Embedded Standard 2011is that we have the same drivers available as Windows 7. That means that we have a wide range of drivers available (500+), and the drivers have gone through extensive testing with the Windows team. For Windows Embedded Standard 2011 we want to...
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