Microsoft has released the August 2010 Update for Windows Embedded Standard 2009 which contains the following new features and tools:
If you load pptx files using PowerPoint Viewer 2007 on XP Embedded or Windows Embedded Standard 2009 you will get the following error message:
“This file requires the Compatibility Pack for the 2007 Office system to view its contents”
The reason for this error message is that PowerPoint Viewer 2007 needs the t2embed.dll located in the Windows\system32 directory.
To solve the error copy the t2embed.dll from a XP Professional system to your embedded system.
The free Microsoft utility Windows SteadyState can be used on Windows XP Professional for Embedded Systems to prevent the OS from any changes.
It offers a write filter which will redirect all writes to a cache file which can be reset on a reboot. This will generate a fresh system on every boot.
Windows Updates can be installed even when the write protection is on. Additional security policies can be applied on the system using SteadyState.
Per default user accounts will expire in Windows XP Embedded and Windows Embedded Standard.
To avoid this you can run the following commands for each user created:
net accounts /maxpwage:unlimited
net users Username /expires:never
net users Username /active:yes
This video demonstrates you the usage of imagex together with either Windows Vista AIK or Windows 7 AIK.
A detailed command description can be found here.
The video shows the capturing of an installed “ready-to-clone” image where it will be saved to an external harddrive.
The second part will show the deployment to a fresh system where the target disk still needs to be prepared.
Driver Extractor is a tool which makes creating SLD components for drivers very easy.
All you need to do is to run the tool on the target machine with XP, Vista or Windows 7 and all device drivers installed.
Then you just need to select the devices for which the drivers should be exported into an SLD file and click export.
Driver Extractor will then copy all the needed files and creates a component for XPe/WES with Repository for you.
After importing the component to the database you can easily create your image.
|File / End||Ends the program|
|Actions / Export Selected||Exports the drivers for the selected devices|
|Actions / Select All||Selects all devices|
|Actions / Deselect All||Deselects all devices|
|Actions / Refresh||Refreshes the device list|
|View / Files of selected device |
Contextmenu / Show Driver Files
|Shows the needed driver files for the current selected device|
|View / Properties |
Contextmenu / Properties
|Opens the Windows properties for the current selected device|
|? / About||Displays information about the tool|
There are two ways how you can remove these messages in Windows.
1. Use Minlogon
Minlogon will remove all the status messages and the logon window and logs the system on using the SYSTEM account.
Normally this works fine but if you need to access domains this solution will not work for you.
Also there are some other things (Cardspace,..) which will not work with Minlogon as it’s a minimum implementation of Windows Logon.
If you cannot use Minlogon you can go with the default Windows Logon and set the following Registry Key:
2. Windows Logon with hidden status windows
Create the following registry entry in the runtime image or add the following key to your Target Designer Image Configuration:
After this key has been set all the status windows will disappear.
You can import any existing project you created in the XP Embedded Target Designer into the Windows Embedded Standard Target Designer.
To do this follow these steps:
Your image is now upgraded to Windows Embedded Standard.
Update the product key in the image settings – the XP Embedded key will no longer work here!
Before beginning with the image creation or deployment – please download the WAIK tools from Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=C7D4BC6D-15F3-4284-9123-679830D629F2&displaylang=en) and create either a bootable DVD or bootable USB stick which contains imagex. For this please follow the documentation that comes with the WAIK tools.
Please follow the preparation steps for both – image creation and image deployment as you’ll need to have a working network connection.
You can skip this step if you have a DHCP server running in your network.
Create a new dialup connection – the settings like number, etc. are not important.
Open the settings of the created dialup connection and enable internet sharing for the local network adapter which will be connected with your target device.
Check the IP-address of the local network adapter – it should be 192.168.0.1
On your development machine set up a network share where the image will be located. Please make sure you can access the network share from another pc and that you have write access to this share.
Boot the target machine from the previous created media.
In the command prompt type ipconfig to check if the pc has a valid ip address. You can use ping (e.g. ping 192.168.0.1) to test if the connection to the development pc works.
Map a network drive to your development pc.
net use N: \\<IP-Address>\<Sharename> [/User:<pcname>\<username> <Password>]Sample
net use N: \\192.168.0.1\images /User:devmachine\administrator admin
To create an image we will use the imagex tool which comes with the WAIK tools. For more information on imagex please have a look on Microsoft Technet http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722145.aspx
Type the following command
imagex /capture C: N:\image.wmi “Master image”You can also use additional paramters such as /compress to compress the image. For additional arguments please type imagex /?
Before we will deploy the image we will prepare the target disk to make sure that the image can boot after the deployment.
Run diskpart and type the following commands
DISKPART> list disk
Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ---------- ------- ------- --- ---
Disk 0 Online 149 GB 0 B
Disk 1 Online 149 GB 0 B
Use this command to find out the disk id of the disk that should be used as target.
SELECT DISK 0 (instead of 0 use the appropriate disk id of your target disk)
CLEAN (this will remove all partitions on the target disk)
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY (this creates a primary partition on the target disk)
ACTIVE (set the previous created partition active)
ASSIGN LETTER = C (assign the drive letter C)
FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK (do a quick ntfs format)
EXIT (quick diskpart)
Run the following command to deploy the image from the network share
imagex /apply n:\image.wim 1 c:
Reboot your machine – it should now boot from the image properly.
With every license order you will receive an envelope containing the licenses. In this envelope you will also find a yellow paper containing one product key.
You can use this product key to create full versions of the ordered product.
This video will show you how to enter the product key in Target Designer.