Using SMI Settings to Configure a Windows Embedded Standard 7 Image

Many of you must be wondering what SMI settings are and how these settings could be used to configure Windows Embedded Standard 7 image. Let me explain… What is an SMI Setting? Settings Management Infrastructure (SMI) is a schema that is used to define mutable operating system settings. A mutable setting is a variable setting…

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Diagnosis of Driver Setup Issues in Windows Embedded Standard 7 – Part 3

Introduction This is the third and final blog in a series of articles which discusses the troubleshooting and diagnosis of driver installation issues in Windows Embedded Standard 7. Previously we presented the format of the SetupAPI.dev.log file and an example driver installation scenario. Now we will begin by enumerating some common driver installation issues you…

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Diagnosing IBW Installation Problems – Part 3 of 3

In Part 1 of this series we figured out where the logs are located. In Part 2, we learned how IBW works and what messages get written to which log files. In this final section, we’ll dig deep into the logs to determine the cause of our problem and how to fix it. Interpreting the…

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Diagnosing IBW Installation Problems – Part 1 of 3

*Updated with links to Part 2 and 3 -4/13/10*  So, you’re installing a Standard 7 image through IBW, and partway through installation, you get a nice little popup that looks something like this: Darn. What do you do now? Answer: Log files to the rescue! IBW does its best to provide users with descriptive error…

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Using AppLocker in Standard 7

* Updated 4/5/10 with clearer instructions for step 1*  In my last blog, I gave an overview of how AppLocker can help you lock down what applications can run on your Windows Embedded Standard 7 device. To demonstrate how AppLocker works, I’ll walk through an example of how to create a rule to block Internet Explorer…

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Service Packs in Windows Embedded Standard 7

*Updated 3/25/10- removed section “Types of Service Packs” , added section “Service Packs and Distribution Share”* This article discusses Service Packs and how they will be used in Windows Embedded Standard 7. What is a Service Pack? A Service Pack is a roll-up of all previously released updates, and additionally may contain select out-of-band features. For Standard…

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Application Lockdown with AppLocker on Standard 7

A common requirement for Windows Embedded Standard 7 devices is controlling what applications can run on the system. If the device only runs your own custom application, such as a kiosk or set-top box, then you might want to ensure that no other applications could be run to break out of the experience. If the…

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The Meaning of RC

As has been announced previously on this blog, the Release Candidate (RC) build of Windows Embedded Standard 7 is now available.  You can download this RC from Microsoft Connect (https://connect.microsoft.com/windowsembedded).  I would encourage you to download the RC build, create and deploy some OS images, and let us know what you think.   For both the…

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Diagnosis of Driver Setup Issues in Windows Embedded Standard 7 – Part 2

*Updated formatting – 4/13/10* Introduction This is the second blog in a series of articles which discusses the troubleshooting and diagnosis of driver installation issues in Windows Embedded Standard 7 (Standard 7). Previously we presented the different phases of setup and a brief introduction to SetupAPI logging and the SetupAPI.dev.log file. We will now start…

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Write Filters Support for Mass Deployment in Windows Embedded Standard 7

Mass deployment is the process of creating a master Windows Embedded Standard 7 runtime image on a reference system and then deploying this image to multiple target systems. The deployment process typically uses specific tools such as System Preparation tool (sysprep.exe) and Imagex.exe as well as Windows PE Environment to perform the following tasks: -…

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