By now you’ve probably seen that the Service Pack 3 update for Windows XP Embedded has released. Additionally for those of you who have purchased Windows Embedded Standard 2009, you should be receiving, or have already received, the Standard software.
Beginning with the December, 2008 Security updates, servicing for both of these products will commence. To support Service Pack 3 and Standard servicing, you will notice a couple of changes to the security update download. For the past couple of years, we have been shipping a CD .iso image containing the Security updates. Beginning December, 2008, the Security updates will be shipped as a DVD .iso image.
Also beginning with the December, 2008 Security updates, you will see a change to the disk structure. At the top level, there will be a directory for each product line. Within that top level directory will be a sub-directory structure for each of that product’s versions currently in support:
Lastly, you will notice that there are two update directories included for the Windows Embedded Standard 2009 and Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 3 products. If you are working with Internet Explorer 6 and Windows Media Player 10, you only need to install the core package, found in the \WindowsEmbeddedStandard09 folder for Standard or the \WindowsXPEmbedded_SP3 folder for XPe Service Pack 3. If you are working with Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Media Player 11, in addition to installing that core package, you also need to install the package with the IE7 and WMP11 updates. This package is found in the \WindowsEmbeddedStandard09_IE7WMP11 folder for Standard or the \WindowsXPEmbedded_SP3IE7WMP11 folder for XPe Service Pack 3.
The December component database updates for Standard and for SP3 include all security updates released since those products stopped taking code changes in their development cycle, so you will see a larger than usual list of included updates for those products in this December release.