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  • Blog Post: WEDU Not Registering When Installed On New Machines

    Update : There is a new version of the WEDU client (v1.1.92.0) available that resolves the registration issue. You can download this new version from the DLC, here . There are no other changes in this new version, so if you are already successfully registered through WEDU you do not need to upgrade...
  • Blog Post: Adding Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 Language Packs To An Image

    The language packs that shipped after Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1 ("Multilingual User Interface (MUI) Pack 1 for Windows Embedded Standard 7 Service Pack 1”  available in 64-bit and 32-bit versions on Download Center or on ECE ) do not automatically bring in the required and optional font...
  • Blog Post: Power Manager PowerToy for Windows Embedded Standard 7

    Monitoring and optimizing power consumption are frequently important considerations when creating embedded devices. Before he left his role as a Program Manager on the Windows Embedded team for another job, Thomas Yong created a PowerToy to help you understand your device’s power usage that we...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Answer File Diff for Windows Embedded Standard 7

    Recently in the Windows Embedded Forums, rjtonnis asked for an easy way to compare two templates or answer files. What rjtonnis didn’t know was that we had a tool that did just that and he gave us a great reason to share it with the rest of the world. Answer File Diff is the 3 rd PowerToy...
  • Blog Post: Screen Cast on Import Package in Windows Embedded Standard 7

    Sami, the fearless Test engineer on the Windows Embedded Standard 7 team who authored this blog article about using Import Package has also created a screen cast on the same topic. The video focuses on using Import Package in ICE and also through commands in a command prompt. Check it out here ! ...
  • Blog Post: August 2010 Feature Update for Windows Embedded Standard 2009 is Now Available on ECE

    The August 2010 Feature Update for Windows Embedded Standard 2009 is now available on ECE. This update is a collection of out-of-band features and tools and includes: Web Services on Devices API for .NET for Windows Embedded Standard 2009 The Microsoft Web Services on Devices API for...
  • 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: Announcement: License Assessment Tool for Windows Embedded Standard 7 is Available Now!

    The License Assessment Tool for Windows Embedded Standard 7 is a new tool that is developed to help you determine whether your image built with Windows Embedded Standard 7 can be licensed under a selected license SKU: WS7P, WS7E, or WS7C (more info here ). The tool is now available to OEMs on the ECE...
  • Blog Post: Windows Embedded Developer Update (WEDU) for Windows Embedded Standard 7 has Released

    On June 28 th , 2010 a new tool was released that provides another way for developers to service their Windows Embedded Standard 7 distribution shares. The tool is called Windows Embedded Developer Update (WEDU) and consists of a client and server architecture- the client can be downloaded to the developer...
  • 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: 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: 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: Creating Fully Unattended (“Hands-Free”) Setup and Deployment of Windows Embedded Standard 2011

    PLEASE NOTE: The settings described in this article apply to Windows Embedded Standard 2011 CTP. The required settings may change slightly for the release to manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows Embedded Standard 2011, but for the most part the approach outlined in this article should apply to the...
  • Blog Post: Importing Packages to the Distribution Share

    In Windows Embedded Standard 2011, the Distribution share (DS) is a critical element in creating customized Windows images. If you have used Image Configuration Editor (ICE), you would have noticed that packages are well organized into a tree structure that represents the DS. During development, users...
  • Blog Post: Image Configuration Editor – Step by Step Guide to Creating a Fully Resolved Answer File

    Windows Embedded Standard 2011 provides a tool called Image Configuration Editor (ICE) to help developers configure the components to be installed on the run time image. The configuration is stored in XML file format and is called an answer file. Before creating an answer file, you should gather the...
  • Blog Post: Package Scanner – Command Line Servicing for Windows Embedded

    * Update 9/23 – added pictures During the course of our development of Windows Embedded Standard 2011, we realized that our embedded customers have slightly different needs than Windows Client customers with regard to how devices are serviced. For instance, embedded devices can have very limited disk...
  • 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: Image Builder Wizard – Quick and Easy Embedded OS Creation – Part 2

    By now, hopefully you’ve read Part 1 of this article series, which introduced you to IBW and its basic concepts. In this article, we’ll be going slightly deeper to try out the more advanced route in IBW. Quick Refresher We’re going to jump right back into creating an image with IBW. To help jog your...
  • Blog Post: Image Builder Wizard – Quick and Easy Embedded OS Creation – Part 1

    * Updated Boot from USB section 10/5/09 With the next version of Windows Embedded Standard, we’ve focused heavily on making it as easy as possible to create the embedded operating system for your device. As mentioned in a previous blog article, the Windows Embedded Standard 2011 “Quebec” toolset...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to the Windows Embedded Standard 2011 Toolkit

    The toolkit for Windows 7-based Windows Embedded Standard 2011 (formerly code-named “Quebec”) comes with two components: Image Builder Wizard (IBW) and Image Configuration Editor (ICE). IBW provides a simplified interface to allow for quick and easy creation and prototyping of images. ICE contains more...
  • 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: WES 2009 Tools on Win7

    I’ve been meaning to try out the WES 2009 Tools on Windows 7 for a while and today I finally had the opportunity to test the mix together. If you’ve installed the Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Tools and Database on Windows 7 we’d like to hear about your Setup and Tools experience. In the meantime, I...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day: Database Timeout problem w/ complex filters

    If you are using a complex filter in Target Designer, the following error message may appear. The CMI encountered the following error: 0x80042335 (-2147212491) A database error occurred within the CMI. What's happening is that the CMI connection to SQL is timing out while SQL is searching the...
  • Blog Post: New 'Enterprise Features' Macro Component

    If you haven't installed the Windows Embedded Standard Community Technology Preview (CTP) that was available on 6/2/08 then you're missing out on a lot of new stuff. New features have been added, existing features enhanced, improvements made to both the developer scenarios as well as the device scenarios...
  • Blog Post: Deploying a XPe Image directly into a VHD

    Virtual PC provides an amazing way to test XPe runtimes. We use it quite often to debug , test and demonstrate. However, deploying a runtime into a VHD is not that straight forward; you need either an Operating System in another partition of the VM or to boot to WinPE and copy it over the network. Wouldn...
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