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  • Blog Post: Regenerating Answer File from an Existing Device Using PkgScn and TAP

    While the typical development scenario for Windows Embedded Standard 7 is to first create an Answer File in Image Configuration Editor (ICE) and then deploy that to a device, it is also possible to do the reverse and generate an Answer File from an existing device. There are several cases where this...
  • Blog Post: EWF – Mass deployment check list for Windows Embedded Standard 7

    For the past several months we have received several mass deployment related queries for EWF. Many customers had skipped or were unaware of the Sysprep requirement. To help customers we have compiled a checklist for use during mass deployment of images containing EWF. Hope it helps! 1. Install and...
  • Blog Post: Mass Deployment and BitLocker – The “Gotcha”

    As mentioned in the blog articles “ Image Builder Wizard – Quick and Easy Embedded OS Creation – Part 1 ” written by Robert and “ BitLocker in Windows Embedded Standard 2011 ” written by Hema – the BitLocker feature requires two partitions. The first partition is a system partition contains the BCD ...
  • 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: How to create a collection for Windows Embedded devices

    [Today’s post is provided by guest blogger, Levi Stevens ] In a default installation of Configuration Manager 2007, you cannot use a query to return devices running Windows Embedded operating systems prior to Windows Embedded Standard 2009. You can, however, extend the hardware inventory in Configuration...
  • 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 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: WebClient Service Won't Start on Newer Windows Embedded Standard 2009 or Windows XP Embedded Runtimes

    You’ve applied the latest database updates, built your runtime, and now the WebClient Service won’t start. But you know it worked fine in older Embedded runtimes! We assure you, you haven’t lost your marbles. An issue was introduced with KB956572 , applied as part of the “MS09-012 Vulnerabilities in...
  • 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: 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: Non Plug-and-Play Properties Do Not Display Correctly

    When you open a non Plug-and-Play driver's properties in Device Manager, the driver property page may look different from what you see in XP Pro. This is because the following registry is missing- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{8ECC055D-047F-11D1-A537-0000F8753ED1...
  • 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: Performance Monitor Console Always Prompting You to Save Changes?

    Here is a quick tip for those that want to stop getting prompted to save changes to the Performance monitor console (especially when you have not made any changes). Just change the properties of the perfmon.msc file under \Windows\System32 to “Read-Only”. That way you can open the console from Run>perfmon...
  • Blog Post: Launch command-line utility from DUA without showing a CMD.EXE window

    A poster on the Windows Embedded Standard 2009 forum has a great tip for users of DUA . He gives details of how to write a DUA script that can launch a script, executable or other command line utility using the DUA EXECUTEPROCESS command, but without having to first launch a command prompt window. His...
  • Blog Post: WMI Command-line Tool is not Completely Localized in Std 2009

    The Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line tool is not completely localized because the file CLIEGALI.MFL for the appropriate MUI language is not brought into the runtime when it is built in Target Designer. This is the file that defines the localized WMI namespace root\cli\MS_xxx, where xxx...
  • Blog Post: Suppressing Beeps on a Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Device

    In certain instances you may not want the embedded device system to beep when an event occurs or those associated with message boxes popped up by the system or user applications. In these cases you can add a registry key to suppress this beep, namely: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Sound\ Beep...
  • Blog Post: Save Time with Snapshots

    As PC users & developers, we are faced with situations where we want to save the current state of the operating system along with its applications. One such situation is when developers have to reproduce a bug in the system/application that is hard to recreate or that occurs only occasionally. The...
  • Blog Post: Image Configuration Strategies

    [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: Automatically starting applications

    [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: Virtual Kernel Mode Debugging

    A while back I discovered that it was possible to do kernel mode debugging of an OS on a virtual machine (VM) running under Virtual PC using a single computer. Even if you are not concerned with debugging a device driver, kernel mode debugging can be useful for debugging applications on Windows Embedded...
  • Blog Post: Using Compatibility Macros

    [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...
  • Blog Post: Video of Some of the Top Tips

    The latest screen cast for Windows Embedded Standard 2009 is available. This one covers some of the tips and tricks you can use when working with a Standard 2009 image, such as different ways removing software-enumerated devices, hiding splash screens and preventing the message detecting new hardware...
  • Blog Post: Securing Embedded Systems

    **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: Custom authentication mechanisms

    **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...
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