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  • Blog Post: Windows Embedded Developer Update 1.1 Is On Its Way

    In the coming weeks, we will release Windows Embedded Developer Update (WEDU) 1.1. You will be prompted to download this release using Windows Update upon launching WEDU 1.0, or you may choose to download WEDU 1.1 from the Download Center . Please note that existing users of WEDU 1.0 will need to upgrade...
  • Blog Post: Pin The Tail On That Spec

    Recently I had a conversation with a young engineer who seemed to be of the opinion that there were better things to do than waste time writing requirement specifications. I asked “Like what?” and in response I heard a list of things which included “triaging bugs.” “Really, you think that?” Youngsters...
  • Blog Post: New Book on Windows Embedded Standard 7

    Many of you may be familiar with Sean Liming , one of our MVPs, through his great support in the MSDN forums and previous books on Windows Embedded products. He now has a new book out for Windows Embedded Standard 7 called “Professional's Guide To Windows Embedded Standard 7”. Sean brings his experience...
  • Blog Post: Introducing SKU Compliance Packages

    Windows Embedded Standard 7 can be licensed with different SKUs, each of which allows and prohibits certain features from being used on your embedded device. SKU Compliance Packages are a new feature that will be available in Windows Embedded Standard 7 Service Pack 1 to help ensure that devices are...
  • Blog Post: New Year Reflections and Thoughts

    Happy New Year! I’d like to take a moment of your time to reflect on the previous year and look ahead to the next year. By far the biggest thing coming from the Windows Embedded Standard team was the release of Windows Embedded Standard 7. After several years of development the product group released...
  • Blog Post: Announcing CBS Package Inspector for Windows Embedded Standard 7

    We’re excited to announce the release of another PowerToy to aid in Windows Embedded Standard 7 development: CBS Package Inspector .  CBS Package Inspector allows for the opening up and inspecting of CBS (Component-Based Servicing) packages, so the manifests can be viewed or examined as needed. ...
  • Blog Post: Storyboard Pictures Do Not Display in Movie Maker in XPe\Std09

    *Updated 11/29/10 - removed sentence about images created with Terminal Server that was incorrect* A customer reported that Windows Movie Maker is not correctly displaying a storyboard in the player. To reproduce this behavior, drag and drop pictures to create a storyboard. There is no Preview, and...
  • Blog Post: Something New-Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework

    The Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework is a free service offered by the Microsoft Community team in order to assist developers by providing sample code to tackle common problems for all Microsoft Development technologies. We think this would be a useful service to leverage for our Embedded Developer...
  • Blog Post: Workaround for Issue with Upgrading to Aug2010 Security Updates on XPe\Std09 With IE7 and WMP11

    It has been reported that there are issues with upgrading to the August 2010 Security Updates on databases that have IE7 and WMP11 installed, and also have all other security updates installed. Symptoms: After installing the August 2010 Security Update open a .slx file that has any of the following...
  • Blog Post: Windows Embedded Standard 2009 SDI Loader Error on Windows 7 Development Systems

    With more Embedded Developers running the Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Toolkit on Windows 7 development machines, we are seeing reports of SDI Loader failures with an error listing a path to an INF file. To resolve this issue and run SDI Loader on Windows 7 machines, you can configure SDI Loader to...
  • Blog Post: Video: Why to Use the Standard 7 Compatible Applications Website

    The Windows Embedded Standard 7 Compatible Applications website allows developers to quickly and easily ensure that applications will install on run on their target devices without having to do dependency analysis or any of that “hard work”. Check out the following 2-minute video on why you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Embedded Standard 7 Servicing Overview

    Introduction Compared to XPe, there will be an increased number of options for servicing Windows Embedded Standard 7 runtime images, Distribution Shares, and tools. This article will give a brief overview of what will be offered for servicing in Standard 7. Note that there may be more in-depth coverage...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Info for Customers Creating Touch-based Devices with Standard 7

    An engineering guidance whitepaper for Windows 7 may be interesting reading for many of our customers who are creating touch-based devices using Windows Embedded Standard 7. The paper covers topics such as: Touch investments in Windows 7, Windows Live, and Internet Explorer 8 Fundamentals ...
  • Blog Post: Two different Svchost.exe Crashes

    Multiple calls to ExecNotificationQuery at startup If the ExecNotificationQuery function is called by more than one thread during OS startup, the svchost.exe process might crash.  For example, call the WMI IWbemServices::ExecNotificationQuery function in 2 threads. This may be the result of a race...
  • 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: Determining Image Size in Standard 2011 Part 1

    One of the big differences between Windows Embedded Standard 2011 and previous versions is that the OS must be deployed on an NTFS partition. This poses a challenge in estimating footprint. In Embedded Windows 7, all packages, including eCore, have footprint estimates. But these are estimates. Actual...
  • Blog Post: Overcoming an Error When Using IPSECCMD SHOW GPO on Standard 2009

    The IPSecurity Services component in XP Embedded and Windows Embedded Standard 2009 is normally only configured dynamically in certain scenarios involving Domain Participation and Active Directory. In some instances it has been reported that when IPSECCMD SHOW GPO is used, the following error results...
  • Blog Post: Managing and Servicing your Distribution Share

    Since you’d be using the distribution share (DS) provided with Windows Embedded Standard 2011 from RTM until the next service pack is out, it helps to consider how you are going to manage your DS. Well, firstly, here’s a hypothetical timeline on the changes that could happen to your DS. We’ll look at...
  • Blog Post: Installing VS2005 or VS2008 redistributable files on Windows Embedded Standard 2009

    There have been several forum posts about including the redistributable files for Visual studio 2005 or Visual Studio 2008 in a runtime image so that applications built using these versions can run. Windows Embedded Standard 2009 database does not have componentized versions of the redistributable files...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Dependencies Unveiled

    There are several times when you may be challenged with a broken application, including: Migrating an application from one version of an OS to another Integrating with installation or un-installation of other applications Upgrading from one version of an application to another Porting an application...
  • Blog Post: Meet Lynda Allen in an interview video

    We are experimenting making short interview videos to add another type of resource to engage and assist our Windows Embedded Standard product community. This video posted here is a pilot one in which Lynda Allen, a Program Manager on the team, was interviewed. She talked about her day to day work in...
  • Blog Post: Component Tales: A Window to a Remote Embedded Device –Terminal Services

    [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 as a service to our readers by...
  • Blog Post: Preparing for Windows 7

    With all the buzz around Windows 7 in the last week or two, this is a good opportunity to look around at resources available to Developers and IT Pros to get ready. Here’s two resources that can help you – “Windows Related On-Demand webcasts for Windows 7” and “Ready. Set. 7”. The Windows Related...
  • Blog Post: Running an MSI during FBA on Windows Embedded Standard 2009

    Perhaps you need to launch an msi to install an application during FBA, and you create and FBA Generic Command in a custom component or in the Extra Resources node of Target Designer to do so. It could look something like this: Name : MyMSI Type : FBGenCmd Extended Properties Arguments      ...
  • Blog Post: Component Tales: Safe and Reliable Communication using Message Queuing

    [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 as a service to our readers by...
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