Happy Holidays from the Embedded Team!

I’d like to send good wishes from the whole team to all POSReady and WEPOS 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…

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December Security Updates Are Now Available on the ECE

The December 2009 Security Updates – Product Download is now available for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) on the ECE for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 and Windows Embedded for Point of Service.   These updates are also individually available directly from the Microsoft Download center as well as Windows Update, however end-customers should refer to their OEM…

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Windows XP Support Tools are now available for POSReady 2009 and WEPOS

The Windows XP Support Tools, previously available on the ECE for OEM customers for Windows XP Embedded, are now available for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 and Windows Embedded Point of Service as well. These Support Tools are intended for use by Microsoft support personnel and experienced users to assist in diagnosing and resolving problems with…

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Installing .NET 3.0 or 3.0 SP1 on Windows Embedded Point Of Service 1.1 SP3

When installing .NET 3.0 or .NET 3.0 SP1 from the Download Center onto a Windows Embedded Point of Service 1.1 SP3 system setup fails with the following errors: SETUP.EXE Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 has encountered a problem during setup. Setup did not complete correctly MICROSOFT .NET FRAMEWORK 3.0 SETUP An error occurred during setup. Installed…

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Servicing FAQs for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 OEMs

When I go to a monthly update download page for POSReady 2009 on the ECE from April, 2009 or earlier, why isn’t POSReady 2009 listed in the title? The monthly Security updates for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, from code freeze through April-2009, do not list POSReady 2009 on the download page Titles themselves. This is…

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October 2009 Security Update Notes

* Updated 11/5/09  Installing the .Net 1.1 SP1 Security Update, KB953297, on Windows Embedded for Point of Service The MS09-061, Vulnerabilities in the Microsoft .NET Common Language Runtime Could Allow Remote Code Execution update may fail to install on a Windows Embedded Point Of Service Minimum configuration.  Extracting the package, and then running the .msp manually…

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Interfacing with Biometric Devices from POS applications

Support for Biometric devices (such as fingerprint readers) was added to the Unified POS specification and incorporated into Microsoft’s POS for .NET in version 1.10.  This device category allows applications to interface with such devices and is helpful in capturing and verifying biometric data (such as a finger print).  This blog will attempt to describe…

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Setting the BinaryConversions property for Legacy OPOS service objects

Microsoft’s POS for .NET supports both native .NET service objects and legacy OPOS service objects which are based upon OLE technology.  Normally, POS for .NET interfaces with the legacy devices without any issues and this is done without any interaction or knowledge required by the application.  However, there are some rare instances where an application…

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USB Boot Tricks and Tips

Developing the USB Boot feature into POSReady was both challenging and rewarding, and certainly loaded with unusual and often unexpected secrets. The biggest gain is that for the first time, the POSReady could easily be installed onto system without an IDE bus. That’s right, no floppy, no CDROM, no hard drive. This was a huge…

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Two New Features Now Available for POSReady 2009!

Internet Explorer 8 and Silverlight 3.0 are now available for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) on the ECE for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009.   This update is also available directly from the Microsoft Download center, however end-customers should refer to their OEM servicing agreement prior to obtaining these updates from any source other than directly from their…

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