More on the XP Embedded hives

As mentioned in one of the MEDC sessions (on the subject of FBA I think), when TD is building the runtime it creates hives on the development machine and populates all your component registry resources to these temporary hives. When the build process is complete, TD unloads those hives as the DEFAULT, SAM, SECURITY, SOFTWARE…

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Hives and *.SAV hives

If you ever look in the pre-FBA runtimes under the .\windows\system32\config folder where the pre-setup registry hives are located you’ll find duplicates of the hives. For instance, there’s a SYSTEM and a SYSTEM.SAV hive.One of the very first things FBA does when it initializes on first boot is to replace the standard hives with the *.SAV…


How to create your own SW/HW categories in Component Designer

Let’s continue the theme of discussing undocumented features in the tools like we did with Database Manager’s “/v” switch. A long time ago around Beta1 of Whistler Embedded (Spring of 2000 I think) was the last time Component Designer had the ability to create *new* ‘Category’ objects. The reason why this capability was cool is…

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DBMGR, loaded and with the safety off

Have you ever wanted to delete a component from the database through DBMGR but the visibility was too low? Of course, some of you just go into the SQL table for the dependency database and hack (er, *tweak*) the vis setting for the component to 1000 and voilà! It’s visible to do with as you…

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