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  • Blog Post: Removing Windows Firewall from SP2 Configuration to reduce footprint

    Hello All, Are you looking for low footprint SP2 Image? Here is one way to reduce the footprint, if you don't need "Windows Firewall" in your configuration (Note: In general keeping windows firewall in runtime is recommended): 1. Create a new SP2 configuration and import PMQ for your system. 2. Add any...
  • Blog Post: Retail-optimized XP Embedded Operating System

    Microsoft just announced the development of customized windows embedded OS targeted towards retail POS systems. Check it out at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/embedded/getstart/devplat/pos/default.aspx This is a part of Smarter Retailing Initiative from Microsoft. For information on this initiative, visit...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP Embedded with eTRUST Antivirus Software!

    Computer Associates released eTrust Antivirus software for XP Embedded yesterday. It promises minimal footprint starting at under 6MB and compatability with XP Embedded SP2. It provides protection against viruses and a variety of other network-based threats and essential updates of virus signatures for...
  • Blog Post: Free XP Embedded SP2 Tech Preview is Available

    XP Embedded SP2 Tech preview is available for download from the following site: http://download.microsoft.com/download/D/5/5/D55A381F-F2B7-4787-8A43-0D79CF8B8C35/XPEFFI.exe For more information on what is new in XP Embedded SP2, check out the following article: http://www.windowsfordevices.com/news/NS9761865541...
  • Blog Post: How to configure Firewall in XPE SP2?

    Hi All: Windows XP Embedded SP2 is coming and one of the major feature that has changed is windows firewall. Firewall is enabled by default in SP2 and you will need to open ports used by your applications. Here is how you can configure Windows Firewall in XPE SP2: To Configure Firewall Pre-FBA (offline...
  • Blog Post: Configuring common user settings and Policies in runtime

    Severeal common user settings and policies can be set using gpedit.msc (Group Policy Snap-in). This includes desktop, start menu, taskbar, contorl panel, logon, network and power management related settings etc. Have you ever wondered how to remove logoff or shutdown button from start menu? Or how to...
  • Blog Post: Improved Security Agent for XP Embedded from Sygate Technologies

    Sygate Technologies announced that their improved security agent 4.0 for XP Embedded devices will be available by end of this month. It promises advanced protection against worm, viruses and application hijacking. Check out the following article: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040913/nym073_1.html
  • Blog Post: EOL (End of Life) Components and Branching

    Have you ever wondered what are those "End of Life (EOL)" components in XPE database and how they work? When a new version of some application or component is available (e.g. Windows Media Player 9.0 or DirectX 9.0), old version of that component (e.g. WMP 8.0 or DirectX 8.0) is retired. To replace the...
  • Blog Post: Another XPE Blog

    First, a little bit about myself: I joined Microsoft and XP Embedded team about 8 months back. Before coming to Microsoft, I did my Masters in Computer Engineering at University of Southern California and I also worked there as a Systems Analyst for about a year and a half. Even though, I have been in...
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