Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise / Windows® Embedded Industry / Standard

 

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, Windows Embedded Industry (WEI), and Windows Embedded Standard (WES) allow the developer to bring Windows desktop to embedded devices.

   
 

Books

 

Windows® 10 is the latest and possibly the last Windows operating system from Microsoft. Embedded/IoT developers have taken advantage of desktop operating systems since the early days of the PC. From MS-DOS to Windows 10, many development tools have been created to help integrate the desktop OS into an embedded system. Rather than have separate embedded and desktop versions, Windows 10 includes many of the lockdown features that used to only be available only in Windows Embedded versions. Now everyone is working from the same operating system. Best of all the development tools are now the same. Windows® System Image Manager (SIM) allows PC Manufactures, IT Managers, and Embedded Developers to automate the installation of the Window 10 operating system. SIM allows these developers to install applications, device drivers, and Windows updates along with the Windows operating system, which helps to automate the image installation process and reduce any human error that can occur with manual installation. Also, the ability to maintain and support many platforms over a long life cycle is an important asset in today’s ever changing technology. Starter Guide for Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise provides the basics to get you started.

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Windows® System Image Manager (SIM) allows PC Manufactures, IT Managers, and Embedded Developers to automate the installation of Windows operating systems. SIM allows these developers to install applications, device drivers, and Windows updates along with the Windows operating system. The ability to automate operating system installation helps to remove any human error that can occur with manual installation. Also, the ability to maintain and support many platforms over a long life cycle is an important asset in today’s ever changing technology. Starter Guide for Windows® System Image Manager covers all the basic functions of System Image Manager (SIM). Nine chapters and 11 hands-on exercises cover tools and SIM workflow for use with Windows Server, Desktop, and Embedded Industry.

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A must-have for those developing with Windows® Embedded 8 Standard. Professional’s Guide to Windows® Embedded 8 Standard covers the new development process and build / servicing tools. Twelve chapters also cover embedded enabling features, new servicing tools, security and appearance, and sensor and location support. There are 21 exercises that provide hands-on experiences with the various tools, concepts, and technologies.

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A must-have for those developing with Windows® Embedded Standard 7. Professional’s Guide to Windows® Embedded Standard 7 covers the new development process and build / servicing tools. Ten chapters also cover embedded enabling features, new servicing tools, security and appearance, and sensor and location support. There are 22 exercises that provide hands-on experiences with the various tools, concepts, and technologies.

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Real-time from Theory to Practice covers the details of developing real-time applications for Windows Embedded.

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Articles

 

Starter Guide for Windows® System Image Manager: Addendum 1: Windows 10 IoT Enterprise Build 10240 - November 2015

The book addendum covers Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and the changes from Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry. The addendum covers the product naming, changes to activation, new tools coming, changes to the Lockdown Features, code examples for customizing programmatic management of the Lockdown Features.

Running out of RAM and Disk Resources for Windows Embedded Updates - August 2015

By Sean Liming / Edited by John Malin - As more and more updates are available for WES7 and WE8S, developers are noticing OS installation crashes because memory and/or disk space is being completely consumed. The article shows the issue in action and some workaround solutions to get the latest updates into an image.

 

Windows 10 IoT – The Big Reboot - July 2015

By Sean Liming and John R. Malin - Introduction to Windows 10 IoT and a transition roadmap from previous Windows Embedded editions.

 

Clonezilla Basics for Windows Embedded - August 2014 : Update September 2015

By Sean Liming and John R. Malin - Step-by-step processes for using Clonezilla to capture and deploy a master image that has been sysprep'd.

 

Updates from Microsoft

Here are two updates for Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry’s Lockdown features:

KB2932074 – Fix for Windows 8.1 Application Launcher

KB2932354 – Embedded Lockdown Manager update for WEI 8.1 - Adds support for Lockdown features not previous supported through ELM.

 

 

Custom Power Settings for WES 7/8 and WEI 8.x - May 2014

By Sean Liming and John R. Malin - A method to implement custom power systems in ICE and SIM

WES 7/8 and Windows Embedded 8.x Industry Device Driver Integration Techniques - May 2014

By Sean Liming and John R. Malin - A couple of techniques to assist with driver integration. The first is a trick to pull down the drivers using Windows Update. The second discusses the impact multiple INF have on the size of the image.

Enabling Windows Server Roles in System Image Manager

A follow-on article to the book Starter Guide for Windows® System Image Manager that covers how to enable server roles in System Image Manager

 

 

Can Motion Control Save Windows 8? - June 2013

A though provoking article that looks beyond the touch, keyboard, and mouse inputs that have been around for some time. Windows 8 new shell interface opens up the possibilities to use other input devices to interact with the system, and some of these devices are very close to reality.

The Windows Embedded Legacy Continues with Windows Embedded 8 Standard - April 2013

Introduction to Windows Embedded 8 Standard published in RTC Magazine

Making PowerShell the Shell to the WES 7 System - September 2012

Simple steps to make PowerShell the main shell of the system

 

Pre-Adding TrueType Fonts to WES7 Image - May 2011

Discusses how to add custom fonts to a WES7 image using ICE.

Introduction to Windows Embedded Standard 7 - May 2010

A first brief look at the new embedded OS.

Installing FireFox Browser on WES7 - April 2010

Article looks at how to add FireFox Browser via Image Configuration Editor (ICE)

Installing Java on WES7 - April 2010

Article looks at how to add Java via Image Configuration Editor (ICE)

 

   
 

Tools and Utilities

Device Driver Harvester Tool

A Microsoft developer posted a blog with a perfect tool for capturing device drivers on a live system. Ideal for working with WES7, WE8S, WE8.1I, and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. Just be sure to delete all files with a .PNF extension.

Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10

Contains the System Image Manager (SIM) tool that allows OEMs to automate the installation of Window 10 IoT Enterprise.

Note: The ADK is at the bottom of the page.

Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8.1

Contains the System Image Manager (SIM) tool that allows OEMs to automate the installation of Window Embedded Industry.

 

Windows Embedded Developer Update Tool for WES 7

Windows Embedded Developer Update is used to help update the developer tools and distribution shares for Windows Embedded Standard 7. Windows Embedded Developer Update can automatically notify you when updates are available. You can then use Windows Embedded Developer Update to download and install the relevant updates for developer tools and distribution shares.

 

Answer File Diff for WES7 - This Microsoft utility compares two WES 7 answer files for differences. Ideal for tracking down packages and settings, and a diff solution for version control and update patches. Professional's Guide To Windows® Embedded Standard 7 - 2nd Edition covers how to use the tool

Original link taken down by Microsoft. I am providing the tool as is without warranty.

 

Power Manager for Windows Embedded Standard 7 - Power Manager is a tool designed for Windows Embedded Standard 7 to monitor power management status and to perform battery measurement for battery operated devices. Its primary goal is to ease the battery measurement process by providing automation, data logging, and integration of other power performance analysis tools.

 

 

Link taken down by Microsoft.

SecureBus™ - Having worked with government and medical companies, USB device like USB flash disks, smart phones, and multifunction network printers connecting to open USB ports is a major concern. Locking down USB ports has been an open issue for various developers. There are network solutions if you are connected to a domain, but what about standalone embedded systems... SecureBus™ is a patent pending security product that prevents unauthorized USB devices from working in Windows®. SecureBus™ works by injecting itself under the Windows™ Kernel, and acts like a firewall for USB host ports.  Any time a USB device is plugged into the system SecureBus™ will analyze the hardware and determine if it is an authorized USB device.  If the device is not an authorized USB device then SecureBus™ will prevent it from binding with the Windows® Kernel.

 

 

   
 

Driver Packages

The following is a list of device driver packages that I have developed for use with WES 7 and Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry. These are examples only, and you should get the latest binary support files from the manufacturers. Please let me know of any packages that you would like to see posted or are having trouble with a component. Information and components are supplied as-is without any warranty.

  • MinnowBoard Max/Turbot - Windows 10 IoT Enterprise Support Package
  • TabletKiosk® NetSlate a510 - WES7 and WEI Support Package
  • AMD® G-Series Reference Platform DB-FT1 - WES7 and WEI Support Package
  • Intel® N2800 Development Kit (DN2800MT) - WES7 and WEI Support Package
  • Intel® Embedded Development Board N450 / D510 - WES7 and WEI Support Package
  • Intel® Atom™ D510MO - WES7 and WEI Support Package
  • Intel® Atom™ D945GSEJT - WES7 and WEI Support Package
  • Intel® Atom™ D945GCLF2 - WES7 and WEI Support Package
  • Sun VirtualBox - WES7 Support Package

The packages are available at Annabooks.com

   
 

 

 
 

Community Sites and Blogs

Windows Embedded has a solid support community in various newsgroups, websites, magazines, conferences, and individual eMVPs.

The Official Windows IoT site
The official Windows Embedded site.

 

 

Windows Internet of Things Blog

 

Product Team Blog, the goto blog for everything Windows Embedded
Microsoft Windows Emebdded Forums