Windows Embedded Blog

A look at Embedded and other Cool Stuff.

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    I will NEVER use Windows CE or Windows XP Embedded !!!

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    That’s quite a strong statement, right ? – so why wouldn’t I use Windows CE or Windows XP Embedded ? The operating systems are too big There’s no support for real-time functionality The operating systems are not secure It’s too hard to configure an operating...
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    Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded CE - what's the difference ?

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    A very common question that perhaps needs some explanation is the difference between Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Embedded CE 6.0 - so here's the explanation. Windows Embedded CE is a hard real-time, componentized operating system that can be used by...
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    Steps needed to install Windows Embedded CE 6.0 from scratch.

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    Yesterday I paved my development PC (I was running a 32-bit beta of Windows 7) and moved to 64-bit Windows 7 Release Candidate . Paving the PC meant that I needed to re-install all of my favorite applications and tools. Installing Windows Embedded CE...
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    Master Chief PLAYS Halo 2

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    Check this out, not only is Halo 2 available at your favorite game store [don't forget to purchase the XBOX to play it on!] - but there are a ton of Halo 2 parties going on, I took Kevin [my son] to a Halo 2 party organized by some of the Windows CE Development...
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    Warthog - Peugeot Hoggar and Master Chief Armour.

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    Are you interested in owning a Halo Warthog ? – take a look at the Peugot Hoggar concept car (link on the right). I’ve also been asked about the Master Chief armour that featured in one of my earlier blogs – I’ve found a site that...
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    Running Max OS X on Windows XP...

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    Last post showed Windows XP Embedded running on a Mac in Virtual PC - How about the other way round ? - Check this out, Mac OS X running on a PC - http://os-emulation.net/pearpc/web/ (Updated to now use a JPG instead of linking to the original Emulation...
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    Windows Mobile vs. Windows CE

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    You’ve probably heard of the Windows Mobile platform, or the Windows Mobile operating system, what is this, and is there any relationship between this and Windows CE ? – This is a question that comes up all the time, so here’s my attempt...
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    Virtual Earth - Locate Me...

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    Now this is super cool - go to http://www.virtualearth.com - click on the "locate me" button and see what happens... - you can then do a local search of the area for gas, food etc... I'm sat in a team meeting in building 117 on Microsoft Campus, here...
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    Windows CE 5.0 Emulator Download...

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    Want to run your Windows CE 5.0 O/S images without needing Platform Builder, or share your images with your customers without them needing Platform Builder, then the Windows CE 5.0 Device Emulator download is probably what you are looking for - take a...
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    Halo 2: So, what is Master Chief doing today ?

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    Take a look at the image below - who's trying to snatch the "Collectors Edition" Halo2 box ? - Mike
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    Linux in Embedded Systems - The Windows side of the story.

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    A few days ago I posted an article from Cots Journal Online which discussed some of the shortcomings of Linux use in embedded systems. Based on some of the comments posted back to the blog it would appear that Linux is used because of the community which...
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    ActiveSync 3.8 available for download...

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    In case you missed the near silent roll out of ActiveSync 3.8, here’s the details and download locations… Microsoft ActiveSync 3.8 is the latest synchronization software for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and Smartphones. ActiveSync 3.8 contains...
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    RDP or VNC for Pocket PC.

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    Want to run an RDP client or VNC client on your Pocket PC – here’s two options… From PocketPCThoughts.com – VNC Viewer.NET (a completely managed VNC viewer) or use Nyditot software to set screen resolution and orientation and run the H/PC Pro RDP client...
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    Windows CE Kiosk Mode - Part 11

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    In last weeks nail-biting installment of Windows CE Kiosk Mode we left our hero at the point where he was going to create a \Startup folder on the device and drop an application into the folder to be launched on startup of the Windows CE operating system...
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    Windows Embedded CE 6.0 - Product!

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    We have some of the first Full Packaged Product (FPP) boxes of Windows Embedded CE 6.0 here in the office - here's how the new boxes look, pretty sweet! - Mike
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    Download: Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Virtual PC Binary BSP

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    I get a reasonable number of questions about supporting Virtual PC 2007 from Windows Embedded CE 6.0. We’ve just published a CE 6.0 Binary BSP for Virtual PC 2007 on the MSDN Code Gallery site. Note that this is not an officially supported BSP (don’t...
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    FAQ: CE 6.0 and Visual Studio 2005/2008

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    I seem to be getting quite a number of questions related to CE 6.0 and Visual Studio 2005/2008 - so here's the story... Developers building Windows CE based devices fall into one of two groups, you are either an operating system developer, or an application...
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    Kiosk Mode for CE 6.0

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    Last August I put up a blog post that showed how to create a Kiosk type device using CE 5.0 and I've had a number of requests to update the blog post to cover CE 6.0 - so here's the CE 6.0 Kiosk mode post. First thing to cover is what is Kiosk Mode ?...
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    USB Barcode Scanner - Here's my code...

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    Here's my code to read barcode data and display the data in a ListBox - of course this could also be extended to lookup the barcode data in a SQL Database or XML file and provide more information like "Grande Vanilla Latte", "Lemon Pound Cake", and todays...
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    Windows CE 5.0 Web Download - GO GET IT!!!

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    Windows CE 5.0 "RTM" Evaluation kit is now available as a web download - go get it folks... Evaluation Software - Download The English RTM version of Windows CE 5.0 is now available for download via the Windows Embedded Introductory Kit . Evaluation Software...
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    Hotmail ends free Outlook Express/Outlook access.

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    I tried to sync my hotmail e-mail account through Outlook Express today, and got the following error (which was nice) The error message dialog contains a link which, when clicked links to Microsoft's Support site, the following Knowledge Base article...
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    Getting Podcasts onto your Smartphone (or Pocket PC)

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    Now that I’m a Podcaster (if there is such a thing) I thought it would be interesting to sync my podcast files down to a Smartphone device running Windows Mobile 2003 – it’s so easy, even someone with an MBA should be able to do this… (anyone remember...
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    Windows XP Embedded - Change the boot screen.

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    This is a pretty common question on the newsgroups, and also came up on e-mail this morning - how do you change the Windows XP Embedded boot screen/logo ? From Sysinternals.com - modify your boot.ini as follows. /BOOTLOGO Use this switch to have...
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    Halo Movie

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    The Seattle Times have posted an article that hints at a Halo Movie being made (had to happen, right?). ok, so place your bets for who’s going to be playing which role… – Mike
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    Windows CE Shortcuts

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    When you boot a Windows CE operating system image which uses the Standard Shell (the shell that looks similar to the Windows Desktop shell) you will notice shortcuts to Internet Explorer and the Image Viewer on the desktop - perhaps, when creating your...
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