Searching for Files and Registry Keys in ICE

While developing the toolset for Windows Embedded Standard 2011, we wanted to always allow the user fine-grained control over their image, and let the user be aware of how their image was being crafted. The main job of Image Configuration Editor (ICE), the main GUI tool for creating answer files, is to add packages and…

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Windows Embedded Standard 2011 Compatible Applications

Most applications that run on Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP will run on Windows Embedded Standard 2011.  Templates now make it easy to ensure that all of your favorite and most important applications will run on Windows Embedded Standard 2011.  These templates allow an application developer to indicate which components should be included…

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Offline-building Windows Embedded Standard 2011 Images

One of the biggest changes between our Windows Embedded Standard 2009 (XP Embedded) and Windows Embedded Standard 2011 tools is the concept of image building. In Windows Embedded Standard 2009, components were selected in Target Designer and images assembled on the developer machine, after which it had to be transferred to the target device. In…

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Updating Your Windows Embedded Standard 2011 Image Using DISM

So you’ve spent a few hours, and you’ve made the perfect answer file for your device.  Internet Explorer works, media files can be played, and you are very happy with how it turned out.  However, after testing for just 5 minutes, you realize you can’t open and view certain picture formats, such as PNGs, on…

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Dialog Box Filter- a New Feature in Windows Embedded Standard 2011

Dialog Box Filter is a new feature in Windows Embedded Standard 2011. Dialog Box Filter can be used to prevent dialogs or windows from appearing on your embedded system. In order to use Dialog Box Filter properly it is important that you understand how it performs this task. This article will explain how Dialog Box…

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Customizing Windows Embedded Standard 2011

Introduction During the planning phases of Windows Embedded Standard 2011, we invested considerable effort to make Windows Embedded Standard 2011 customizable to the point where our customers will be able to create a custom experience – from the moment the machine boots up until it shuts down. To reach this goal we introduced several new…

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EWF Overlay Limits on Windows Embedded Standard 2009 and 2011

Introduction When using Enhanced Write Filter (EWF) in RAM or RAMREG mode several customers might assume the EWF overlay is limited solely by the availability of physical memory. Consequently, many assume they will be able to achieve an overlay twice as big on a system with 2 GB RAM than on a system with 1…

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WMI Command-line Tool is not Completely Localized in Std 2009

The Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line tool is not completely localized because the file CLIEGALI.MFL for the appropriate MUI language is not brought into the runtime when it is built in Target Designer. This is the file that defines the localized WMI namespace root\cli\MS_xxx, where xxx is the LCID for a language (e.g. 411 for Japanese)….

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Installing VS2005 or VS2008 redistributable files on Windows Embedded Standard 2009

There have been several forum posts about including the redistributable files for Visual studio 2005 or Visual Studio 2008 in a runtime image so that applications built using these versions can run. Windows Embedded Standard 2009 database does not have componentized versions of the redistributable files for these versions of VS. The easiest way is…

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