Microsoft Windows Embedded 8 Standard Toolkit 3 Comments

This very big ISO file need to be installed on Windows to be able to use it. Tis toolkit has been design to customize Windows Embedded 8 deployment by giving three softwares : Image Configuration Manager, Module Designer and Windows Embedded Developer Update. The installation is simple, next next ok finish, you just need to know you need to have both 32bit and 64bit ISO DVD of Windows Embedded 8 to be able to package and customize installations. Once the installation is done, the three icon are available on the Metro Desktop.   First stop  the Image Configuration Editor You can build an image by using Image Configuration Editor. If you chose the advanced path for image development, this process will get you started with building an image. Although it takes more time to build an image by using Image Configuration Editor than by using Image Builder Wizard, this tool is the most flexible and versatile way to define your image requirements, especially when you need the image size to remain small.   This has been very easy to create to WinPE media folder, you can create USB key as well. The Module Designer If you wish to add a module and integrate it to you custom deployment, this is quite easy as well :   Windows Embedded Developer Update Windows Embedded Developer Update is an application that you can use to automatically search for, download, and install the latest updates for Windows Embedded 8 Standard. And this is it, I made several custom media ready for deployment and Microsoft kept the good way and keep simple the Embedded software customizations. But this haven't evolve dramatically since many years now, maybe admin tools should evolve as much as Windows Operating System are changing.

Microsoft Windows Embedded 8 Standard 7 Comments

Microsoft had to make Windows 8 available as an embedded OS for thinclient (among other use cases) I had to try it out to check what is changing regarding Windows 8 Standard or Enterprise edition and previous Embedded OS. What's new in Windows 8 Embedded and with this Release Preview : Rich Line of Business Experiences Delight your customers with smooth, responsive, immersive experiences powered by Windows 8 applications, Multi-Touch, Internet Explorer 10 and more. Connected Deliver a solution that stays up and running, and allows you to connect to the things that matter most inside and outside the four walls. Targeted Deliver a targeted device experience with powerful OS development tools and enhanced lockdown and branding capabilities to meet the line of business needs of your customers. Intelligent Systems Ready Create a device that can be secured, managed and connect to IT systems to extend intelligence through the business process. Secure Utilize Windows 8 technologies to protect the device, data, and network to keep business running smoothly. The hardware requirements to install this OS are as follow : 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor. 1 GB of operating system memory (32-bit system) or 2 GB of operating system memory (64-bit system) 11 GB of free hard drive space for complete installation One or more of the following media devices: DVD-ROM drive USB 2.0 port If you want to read more about Windows 8 click here [link] First the installation of this OS is straight forward as Windows 8 is, there are some different options regarding image you might want to use for deployment (WIM)   The installed naked OS look like that : And the "regular desktop" Regarding raw performances, I've been really surprise to see Windows 8 Embedded was behaving very smoothly on a thin client like HP t5740e [link]   I also installed it on my XenServer @ Home as a Windows 8 vm and XenTools installation went fine, no issue yet, I gave to this VM 2 vCpus and 1024Mb of memory to check what were the raw performances out from the box   When Windows 8 Embedded is installed, the space used on the hard drive is 3,39gb : That was the presentation and the basic stuffs with Microsoft Windows 8 Embedded Release Preview, now here is what's I like to do, keep digging to find some cool stuff under the hood. Let's try the ThinClient template…