Norris’ Bio

  I joined the Embedded Team as a Program Manager in mid-2009 following a great internship experience the previous summer—in fact, it was my favorite internship amongst seven.  Since joining the team, I have been involved in a number of areas including shells and write filters.   I am a Software Engineering graduate from the…

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Reduce Exposure Time and User Downtime when Servicing a Write-Filter Enabled Image

Those who service images with write filters are aware that the combination of applying updates and having write filters is one with several concerns and complexities. Amongst those concerns are exposure time and user downtime. What do I mean? I will explain in the following paragraphs. Servicing a write-filter enabled image goes roughly as follows:…

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Happy Holiday From the Embedded Team!

I’d like to send good wishes from the whole team to all Embedded Windows customers, partners and MVPs for a wonderful holiday season, and a successful 2010! We thank you for your support in 2009. Your willingness to give feedback, as well as your continued participation in community forums and newsgroups, chat sessions, face-to-face or…

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The December 2009 Security Updates For Runtimes Are Now Available on the ECE

The December 2009 Windows XP Embedded and Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Security Updates – Product Download is now available on the ECE for Windows® Embedded Standard 2009 (WES 2009) and/or Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded (XPe) with Service Pack 2, Feature Pack 2007, Update Rollup 1.0 and Service Pack 3. This download is a cumulative update…

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Windows Embedded Standard 2011 CTP2 New Features and Changes

To help customers to experiment new features and changes in CTP2 release of Windows Embedded Standard 2011, we have compiled the following list. It’s definitely not an exhaustive list covering all the new “stuff” in CTP2,  because a lot of work was done in bug fixing (thanks to your feedback from CTP1!). However, the list…

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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 to add packages and…

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Nathan’s Bio

    I’m Nathan Black, a developer on the Tools team on Windows Embedded Standard. I work mostly on Image Configuration Editor (ICE).  I’ve been working at Microsoft since August 2008. My previous work as mostly been in embedded and mobile, as I worked at a mobile security firm in Addison, Texas before joining Microsoft…

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Windows Embedded Standard 2011 Compatible Applications

Most applications that run on Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP will run on Windows Embedded Standard 2011.  Templates now make it easy to ensure that all of your favorite and most important applications will run on Windows Embedded Standard 2011.  These templates allow an application developer to indicate which components should be included…

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Offline-building Windows Embedded Standard 2011 Images

One of the biggest changes between our Windows Embedded Standard 2009 (XP Embedded) and Windows Embedded Standard 2011 tools is the concept of image building. In Windows Embedded Standard 2009, components were selected in Target Designer and images assembled on the developer machine, after which it had to be transferred to the target device. In…

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Non Plug-and-Play Properties Do Not Display Correctly

When you open a non Plug-and-Play driver’s properties in Device Manager, the driver property page may look different from what you see in XP Pro. This is because the following registry is missing- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{8ECC055D-047F-11D1-A537-0000F8753ED1} EnumPropPages32 REG_SZ SysSetup.dll,LegacyDriverPropPageProvider This is added by the legcydrv.inf file, which is owned by the “Device: LegacyDriver” component. If you wish…

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