The Windows Embedded Standard 2009 May 2011 Feature Update adds two additional applications “Enahnced Write Filter Management Tool” and “File Based Write Filter Management Tool” which allow you to monitor the status and configure the filter drivers in you images. The applications will start on the system start and appear in the systray also showing notifications when the overlays runs full. However the tools can be configured to deactivate the automatic startup too.
The new features can be downloaded from the Microsoft ECE:
Window Embedded Standard 2009 May 2011 Feature Update
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The new release includes some new features, such as:
The new Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 enables you to manage all your embedded devices with a single tool.
This new tool integrates into Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and it not only allows you to deploy and update images – you can differentiate between device types. This way updates can be deployed, e.g. only to Thin Clients but not to kiosks however both device types run Windows Embedded Standard 7.
Another great feature is that Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 is able to control the write filters which might be enabled on your devices. Normally when a system has a write filter enabled and updates are applied the updates are gone again after a reboot – this is because the filter drivers redirect all changes made to the disk into a RAM overlay which gets reset on reboot.
When deploying updates via the Device Manager the system will handle this case properly by deactivating and reactivating the filter drivers automatically.
The tool works with all Windows Embedded Standard and Ready operating systems such as:
and because it is based on System Center Configuration Manager 2007 it can handle all Windows Embedded Enterprise systems as well.
More information about the tool can be found here:
The new version introduces a new feature to display all the dependencies of a selected Feature Package. This will help you to find out why certain components are pulled into the image.
To display the dependencies just double click on a Feature Package or select it and click “Show dependencies”.
The following dialog will display all Feature Packages that are needed by the selected Feature Package.
DISMUI will also try to load Driver Packages from the Distribution Share to display them properly in the dialog.
If a dependency could not be located it will be displayed in the “Not Found” section.
Matthew Tundo from the Microsoft Embedded Team has created an excellent how-to for recreating an answer file from an already deployed Windows Embedded Standard 7 image.
The tutorial makes use of two tools:
With these two tools it is possible to retrieve the feature package and hardware information from the deployed file.
Using the created output files you are able to recreate your answer file in Image Configuration Editor.
For the complete how-to please visit the Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft has released the Service Pack 1 for Windows Embedded Standard 7. This includes all updates from Windows 7 Service Pack 1 plus additional benefits for the Embedded version of the operating system.
The Service Pack 1 in available in two different forms:
A detailed description of all updates in Service Pack 1 can be found here:
The download is available on the Microsoft MSDN Download Center (Evaluation):