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  • Blog Post: July2011 Optional Updates Are On ECE For XPe SP3, Standard 2009 and Standard 7

    *UPDATED 8/10/11 - Added link for Standard 7* The July 2011 Optional Updates are now available on the ECE site for Windows® Embedded Standard 2009 , Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 3 and Windows Embedded Standard 7 . Fixes include: The list below applies to XP Embedded SP3 and Windows...
  • Blog Post: System Memory May Run Low With WinSAT Included On A Standard 7 Runtime

    Some developers may have run into issues when using Enhanced Write Filter (EWF) and Performance Monitoring on their Windows Embedded Standard 7 or Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 devices. Consider the following scenario: You develop a Windows Embedded Standard 7 or Windows Embedded Standard 7 Service...
  • Blog Post: New Features Are Now Available for Standard 2009

    *Updated 6/9/10* Refreshed bits have been made available on the OEM sites (ECE and MOO), as incorrect bits were included in the original release. Two new features for Windows Embedded Standard 2009 are now available on the ECE site, Enhanced Write Filter Management Tool and File Based Write Filter...
  • Blog Post: The First Feature Update for Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 is Now Available on ECE

    The first of our quarterly feature updates for Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 is now available on ECE. This update contains two new features-Enhanced Write Filter Provider and File Based Write Filter Provider. These new components provide access to the respective Write Filter API through the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Two New Features Are Now Available for XPe SP3 and Standard 2009

    Two new features are now available on the ECE site- Enhanced Write Filter Provider and File Based Write Filter Provider. These new components provide access to the respective Write Filter API through the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) layer. The goal of each feature is to expose the full...
  • Blog Post: January 2011 Optional Updates for XPe and Standard 2009 Are Now Available on ECE

    The January 2011 Optional Updates are now available on the ECE site for Windows® Embedded Standard 2009 and/or Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded with Service Pack 2, Feature Pack 2007, Update Rollup 1.0 and Service Pack 3. The January Optional Updates include: KB2393911 –...
  • Blog Post: Using HORM with unprotected volumes

    HORM imposes the following restriction on volumes – All volumes must be protected by EWF.           [OR] All unprotected volumes must be dismounted before capturing the HORM state. Note 1: Volumes residing on removable devices are excluded from this restriction...
  • Blog Post: EWF and Crash dumps

    Crash Dump Configuration Crash dumps can be configured via the control panel or by editing the relevant registry entries as shown below. Additional details can be found in KB article 307973 . Via Control Panel Via Registry Crash dump generation Crash dumps (the .dmp files) are not created at the time...
  • 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: Custom Dialog Filters, Part 1

    A new feature in Windows Embedded Standard 7 called Windows Embedded Dialog Filter allows devices, such as Kiosks and Digital Signs, to reroute system dialogs away from the public. Using search criteria including the window’s title, class name, process name, and buttons, the window can be moved off screen...
  • 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: 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: Using FBWFMGR.exe on a Run-time

    This is the second screen cast on File Based Write Filter- part 1 can be viewed here . This video focuses on using the fbwfmgr.exe utility on a run-time to view the filter settings, enable the filter, view the cache and change exclusion or write-through lists. File Based Write Filter Manager on Windows...
  • Blog Post: FBWF overlay filled up too often?

    This is an issue reported by a customer who’s using XP embedded for a banking kiosk device.Their FBWF overlay was filled up very often and they had to reboot the machine almost every day. They gave 128MB  (out of 1GB total RAM) to the overlay. They were wondering if there is a way to clear the overlay...
  • Blog Post: Write Filters – share your experience with us

    I'm a program Manager with the Windows Embedded Standard team working on the write filters – Enhanced Write Filter (EWF) , File Based Write Filter (FBWF) , and Registry Filter . I have been with Microsoft for almost 9 years, but just joined the Embedded team last year to work on the next version of Embedded...
  • Blog Post: Managing Disk Protection

    **Updated 3/26/09 with preface [The following article is authored by one of the Windows Embedded MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals). Our MVPs have a heavy background in Embedded systems and are a great repository of information on Windows Embedded products. We’re providing this space on our team blog...
  • Blog Post: Disk protection in Windows Embedded Standard – more than just a useful feature

    **Updated 3/26/09 with preface [The following article is authored by one of the Windows Embedded MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals). Our MVPs have a heavy background in Embedded systems and are a great repository of information on Windows Embedded products. We’re providing this space on our team blog...
  • Blog Post: Using Flash storage with Windows Embedded Standard

    **Updated 3/26/09 with preface [The following article is authored by one of the Windows Embedded MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals). Our MVPs have a heavy background in Embedded systems and are a great repository of information on Windows Embedded products. We’re providing this space on our team blog...
  • Blog Post: Calling All Users of CD\DVD Boot!

    I’m one of the Program Managers working on the Windows Embedded team and am investigating the various deployment/boot scenarios that we would like to support moving forward. CD boot is something that we released for XP Embedded to satisfy some of our customers in the Gaming and Medical industries who...
  • Blog Post: Watch How to Add Registry Keys to RegFilter

    In my screen cast debut I will walk you through how to add registry keys to RegFilter, both in Target Designer and also on a deployed runtime. I will also discuss some of the "Do's and Don'ts" associated with using Registry Filter. In this example I am using FBWF along with RegFilter. To play...
  • Blog Post: Including SMS Client in your Image

    In order to utilize SMS to service your Embedded device in a corporate or enterprise environment you would need to make sure the SMS client was installed on the device. This means that the image builder who uses the Embedded toolkit to build the XPe image needs to add the "SMS Advanced Client Prerequisites...
  • Blog Post: August XPe MSDN Chat Session on August 21st

    It's that time again!  Time for another MSDN chat with the Windows XP Embedded team.  The team will be available in the MSDN Chat room on Tuesday, August 21st at 11am PST .  We're going to try something a bit different with this chat - we're going to have subject matter experts on File...
  • Blog Post: Common FBWF Write-Through Directories

    Now that FBWF has been out for awhile there has been some feedback that has come through as to what directories and/or files should be added to the Write-Through list. As apart of a "good practices" article I'm going to try to keep this article up to date with new ideas/additions that I see added over...
  • Blog Post: EWF and CHKDSK

    Some EWF-based embedded systems occasionally run into a problem where CHKDSK insists on running each time the system reboots. This can cause issues with breaking the system's branding (if the developer has taken steps to hide the Windows splash screens, etc), and of course it slows down the boot process...
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