Power Manager PowerToy for Windows Embedded Standard 7

Monitoring and optimizing power consumption are frequently important considerations when creating embedded devices. Before he left his role as a Program Manager on the Windows Embedded team for another job, Thomas Yong created a PowerToy to help you understand your device’s power usage that we are releasing today – Power Manager. Power Manager is a…


Announcing Answer File Diff for Windows Embedded Standard 7

Recently in the Windows Embedded Forums, rjtonnis asked for an easy way to compare two templates or answer files. What rjtonnis didn’t know was that we had a tool that did just that and he gave us a great reason to share it with the rest of the world. Answer File Diff is the 3rd…

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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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Support Lifecycle Transitions for Windows XP Embedded

Please note the important support transitions happening for Windows XP Embedded. Support for Windows XP Embedded Platforms on Service Pack 2 Support for Windows XP Embedded SP2 ended January 11, 2011—the date established upon the release of Windows XP Embedded SP3 in November, 2008. Support for both Windows XP Embedded Feature Pack 2007 and Windows…

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Pin The Tail On That Spec

Recently I had a conversation with a young engineer who seemed to be of the opinion that there were better things to do than waste time writing requirement specifications. I asked “Like what?” and in response I heard a list of things which included “triaging bugs.” “Really, you think that?” Youngsters today, where do they…

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New Book on Windows Embedded Standard 7

Many of you may be familiar with Sean Liming, one of our MVPs, through his great support in the MSDN forums and previous books on Windows Embedded products. He now has a new book out for Windows Embedded Standard 7 called “Professional’s Guide To Windows Embedded Standard 7”. Sean brings his experience in the industry…

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New Year Reflections and Thoughts

Happy New Year! I’d like to take a moment of your time to reflect on the previous year and look ahead to the next year. By far the biggest thing coming from the Windows Embedded Standard team was the release of Windows Embedded Standard 7. After several years of development the product group released what…

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Announcing CBS Package Inspector for Windows Embedded Standard 7

We’re excited to announce the release of another PowerToy to aid in Windows Embedded Standard 7 development: CBS Package Inspector.  CBS Package Inspector allows for the opening up and inspecting of CBS (Component-Based Servicing) packages, so the manifests can be viewed or examined as needed.  Information contained in these manifests include the components inside the…

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Software Development and Testing Industry Guidelines

Windows Embedded Standard is a componentized form of Windows that enables the power of Windows to be adopted on embedded devices. The Windows Embedded Standard toolkit allows embedded developers to create custom images of Windows that are tailored to their needs. With these needs, the quality expectations of the toolkit and the customized images are…

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