October, 2009

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    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 might need to use other packages in addition to the ones already found in the DS. Examples include new package releases from the Windows Embedded team (security updates, hot fixes, new versions of the same package, etc...) as well as 3rd party supplied packages (e.g. 3rd party driver packages).

    Windows Embedded Standard 2011 allows you to maintain the DS (for example you can add a new driver package or an update package) by using one of the supplied utilities that come with the Stnadard 2011 tools, importpackage.exe. This tool enables you to:

    • Create a DS.
    • Add package(s) to a DS: Language, Feature, and Driver packages exist usually as .cab files. And ecore is usually packed into an install.wim file, which can also be imported using the import package utility.
    • Rebuild the index file of a DS, a major functionality of utility in maintaining the DS. In addition, rebuilding the DS index file can be indirectly used to remove some packages from a DS


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    Installing VS2005 or VS2008 redistributable files on Windows Embedded Standard 2009

    There have been several forum posts about including the redistributable files for Visual studio 2005 or Visual Studio 2008 in a runtime image so that applications built using these versions can run. Windows Embedded Standard 2009 database does not have componentized versions of the redistributable files for these versions of VS. The easiest way is to include the redist files as part of the application during development. If you are not the developer of the application then there are a few options.

    • You could create a new component with an FBA Generic Command that calls the redistributable package installer during FBA. You should set the FBA phase to between 8500 and 12,000 so that it runs later in the FBA sequence. If the redist package supports a quiet flag, and a silent install is desired, specify the appropriate switches in the Arguments property of the FBA Generic Command, such as

    “%11%\cmd.exe” for FilePath and

    “/c <path>\vcredist_x86.exe /q” for Arguments property.

    • Calling the redist executable directly will fail. You could just as easily do a RunOnce command in a new component, but an FBA Generic Command provides more control over the order that this command will run, especially if you have other components that are also doing custom actions during FBA.
    • You could also componentize the redist installer, which requires breaking the setup apart into the associated files and registry data and creating a component containing those resources.

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    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 Snapshot feature in Hyper-V is a developer’s dream in this regard- capable of saving the current state of the OS and its applications. Later, a dev can choose to restore to the saved state as many times as possible to work on the hard-to-create OS/Application state.

    PC users & developers can now play with installing different applications, tweaking some system settings, editing the registry and easily go back to the previous state of the OS with the cool snapshot feature.

    Here are a few scenarios where snapshots are quite handy for Windows Embedded Standard 2011 Developers:


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