Regenerating Answer File from an Existing Device Using PkgScn and TAP

While the typical development scenario for Windows Embedded Standard 7 is to first create an Answer File in Image Configuration Editor (ICE) and then deploy that to a device, it is also possible to do the reverse and generate an Answer File from an existing device. There are several cases where this is useful: The…

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EWF – Mass deployment check list for Windows Embedded Standard 7

For the past several months we have received several mass deployment related queries for EWF. Many customers had skipped or were unaware of the Sysprep requirement. To help customers we have compiled a checklist for use during mass deployment of images containing EWF. Hope it helps! 1. Install and fine tune the master image. Disable…

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Mass Deployment and BitLocker – The “Gotcha”

As mentioned in the blog articles “Image Builder Wizard – Quick and Easy Embedded OS Creation – Part 1” written by Robert and “BitLocker in Windows Embedded Standard 2011” written by Hema – the BitLocker feature requires two partitions. The first partition is a system partition contains the BCD (Boot Configuration Data) store and remains…

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Using HORM with unprotected volumes

HORM imposes the following restriction on volumes – All volumes must be protected by EWF.           [OR] All unprotected volumes must be dismounted before capturing the HORM state. Note 1: Volumes residing on removable devices are excluded from this restriction. Note 2: Boot and System volumes should not be dismounted. Hence they must always be…

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EWF and Crash dumps

Crash Dump Configuration Crash dumps can be configured via the control panel or by editing the relevant registry entries as shown below. Additional details can be found in KB article 307973. Via Control Panel Via Registry Crash dump generation Crash dumps (the .dmp files) are not created at the time of the crash. Instead, the…

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How to create a collection for Windows Embedded devices

[Today’s post is provided by guest blogger, Levi Stevens] In a default installation of Configuration Manager 2007, you cannot use a query to return devices running Windows Embedded operating systems prior to Windows Embedded Standard 2009. You can, however, extend the hardware inventory in Configuration Manager 2007 to collect further information about the operating product…

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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 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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WebClient Service Won’t Start on Newer Windows Embedded Standard 2009 or Windows XP Embedded Runtimes

You’ve applied the latest database updates, built your runtime, and now the WebClient Service won’t start. But you know it worked fine in older Embedded runtimes! We assure you, you haven’t lost your marbles. An issue was introduced with KB956572, applied as part of the “MS09-012 Vulnerabilities in Windows Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (Master…

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Creating a Template

A while back JT talked about Application Templates for Image Configuration Editor and the resources and community that we’re building around them. I wanted to explain how to create a template for ICE and clarify any questions you might have. Templates are functionally just like answer files, but are meant to represent some functionality or…

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