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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Customizing the CEPC BSP in Windows Embedded Compact 7

    Posted By David Campbell
    Program Manager

    As the Windows Embedded Compact v.Next launch approaches, we will soon be posting detailed information about the Compact OS and tools, both Platform Builder (used for Board Support Packages (BSPs) as well as drivers) and the use of Visual Studio itself for developing applications on top of Compact OS images. I’m looking forward to making more of the technical details of the release available, probably in small bits until we can go fully public, which will happen very soon.

    In the meantime let’s take a detailed look at the CEPC BSP. Here’s a guest post by Doug Boling again with a great overview based on his recent webcast. (More details on Doug’s webcast series are provided at the end of the article.)

    The CEPC board support package (BSP) in Windows Embedded Compact 7 is one of the frequently used BSPs in Platform Builder. Unfortunately it is also one of the more difficult to customize. It may seem strange to customize a BSP that runs on a generic PC chassis but when used on a production embedded system, some form of customization such as splash screens or subtle changes in hardware is almost always necessary.

    The difficulty in customizing the CEPC BSP comes from its file structure. Before I can explain the problem, I need to discuss the architecture of a standard Windows Embedded Compact BSP

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    October 2012 Security Updates are Live on ECE for XPe and Standard 2009

    The October 2012 Security Updates are now available on the ECE for Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded with Service Pack 3 and Windows® Embedded Standard 2009.

    The list below applies to both XPE SP3 and Standard 2009:

    • KB2731847 - Vulnerability in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB2705219 - Vulnerabilities in Windows Networking Components Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB2723135 - Vulnerability in Remote Desktop Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB2749655 - Compatibility Issues Affecting Signed Microsoft Binaries
    • KB2744842 - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer
    • KB2724197 - Vulnerability in Windows Kernel Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB2756822 - October 2012 Cumulative Time Zone Update for Windows Operating Systems

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    How a Mouth Guard Can Save a Life

    Posted By J.T. Kimbell
    Program Manager

    If you want to get me excited, talk to me about sports. Ask me to play some pickup basketball, to watch some American football, or nerd out with a computer game like Football Manager. The competition, strategy, and feats of athleticism found in sports just seem to tickle my fancy. I can’t wait for my children to get old enough to compete, so they can get the experiences and life lessons that sports teach so well.

    But there’s a cloud hanging over many team sports: concussions and the serious impact they can have on the well-being of athletes. The issue has been discussed for years, but articles like the one written by Malcom Gladwell in 2009, and the increasing awareness of former athletes who commit suicide after head injury, have brought the discussion to the forefront of the sporting world. The link between contact sports, especially football, and brain damage are real, and are concerning for younger children and teenagers. I love football…but do I want my son to play it in high school? We’ll see, but I never would have had questioned this just ten years ago.

    I’m not the only one who’s concerned; many smart people are trying to find ways to allow athletes to continue on in these sports while greatly minimizing the risk. From better helmets to stricter rules in youth sports, we’re seeing advancements. Ultimately, I think the best ideas will be those that take advantage of modern technology, which is getting cheaper, faster and smaller every year.

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    September 2012 Optional Updates are on ECE for WEPOS and POSReady 2009

    The September 2012 Optional Updates are now available on the ECE site for WEPOS and Windows Embedded POSReady 2009.

    The list below applies to Windows Embedded POSReady 2009:

    • KB2755802 - This update fixes an issue with POS for .NET v1.12, where POS for .NET v1.12 crashes when using .NET 4.0.  Volume Licensed customers can download this KB from the Download Center.
    • KB2758314 - This update installs the Group Policy Update Utility, gpupdate.exe.  Volume Licensed customers can download this KB from the Download Center.

    The list below applies to WEPOS 1.1:

    • KB2758314 - This update installs the Group Policy Update Utility, gpupdate.exe.

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    Get in SYNC with Microsoft for Ford's Random Acts of Fusion Campaign

    Posted By Chris Elliott
    Senior Marketing Communications Manager

    Believe it or not, Joel McHale, Ryan Seacrest and I have more in common than just our dashing good looks. We’re all part of Ford’s Random Acts of Fusion campaign promoting the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion.

    Ford recently held a contest to bring one lucky person to Joel’s hometown of Seattle to see all the sites. The winner, Kristina from Stillman Valley, Illinois, cruised around the Emerald City in a new Fusion and even got a behind the scenes tour of Microsoft—Ford’s technology partner in developing Ford SYNC. I was on-hand to welcome Kristina and her friend to our campus, show off our fabled Garage and show them the some of the main benefits of Ford SYNC, on a bright and sunny day—clearly it doesn’t rain here all the time.

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