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 PostPost subject: Burning Question!        Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:28 pm 
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I have been meaning to ask this since I have joined BA.
What is the difference between XP Embedded and just normal XP?
Also, What is XP Embedded?


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"Microsoft has released three editions of Windows XP that are targeted towards developers of embedded devices, for use in specific consumer electronics, set-top boxes, kiosks/ATMs, medical devices, arcade video games, point-of-sale terminals, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) components.[25]" source google

i imagine you could also find this with aforum search


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"Microsoft has released three editions of Windows XP that are targeted towards developers of embedded devices, for use in specific consumer electronics, set-top boxes, kiosks/ATMs, medical devices, arcade video games, point-of-sale terminals, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) components.[25]" source google

i imagine you could also find this with aforum search


Thanks for the Info and the blazingly quick reply!


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:33 pm 
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Wikipedia wrote:
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Microsoft has released three editions of Windows XP that are targeted towards developers of embedded devices, for use in specific consumer electronics, set-top boxes, kiosks/ATMs, medical devices, arcade video games, point-of-sale terminals, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) components.[25]

Windows XP for Embedded Systems

Windows XP for Embedded Systems is an edition of Windows XP that contains the full feature set of Windows XP Professional, but has restrictions on licensing that require the resulting device to boot directly into the original equipment manufacturer's application.

As of April 2008, this edition is marketed as part of the "Windows Embedded Enterprise" brand, which includes both this release and its successor, Windows Vista for Embedded Systems.

Windows XP Embedded
Screenshot of Windows XP Embedded Evaluation running several Windows components.

Windows XP Embedded, commonly abbreviated "XPe", is a componentized version of the Professional edition of Windows XP. An original equipment manufacturer is free to choose only the components needed thereby reducing operating system footprint and also reducing attack area as compared with XP Professional. Unlike Windows CE, Microsoft's operating system for portable devices and consumer electronics, XP Embedded provides the full Windows API, and support for the full range of applications and device drivers written for Microsoft Windows. The system requirements state that XPe can run on devices with at least 32MB Compact Flash, 32MB RAM and a P-200 microprocessor. XPe was released on November 28, 2001. As of October 2008, the newest release is Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 3.

The devices targeted for XPe have included automatic teller machines, arcade games, slot machines, cash registers, industrial robotics, thin clients, set-top boxes, network attached storage (NAS), time clocks, navigation devices, etc.[25] Custom versions of the OS can be deployed onto anything but a full-fledged PC; even though XPe supports the same hardware that XP Professional supports (x86 architecture), licensing restrictions prevent it from being deployed on to standard PCs. However, Microsoft has made at least one exception to this rule. Some Dell notebooks contain an embedded XP installation as part of the MediaDirect 2.0 feature. It is worth noting that all such laptops also have a standard OEM install of Windows in addition to the XP embedded installation.

Microsoft has announced that Windows Embedded Standard 2009 will succeed XPe by the end of 2008. Windows Embedded Standard 2009 is derived from Windows XP Embedded since Microsoft does not yet have a componentized version of Windows Vista. [26] Windows Embedded Standard 2009 includes Silverlight, .NET Framework 3.5, Internet Explorer 7, Windows Media Player 11, RDP 6.1 and Network Access Protection. [27] Microsoft however is also developing a componentized version codenamed Windows Embedded ‘Quebec’, containing Windows Vista features such as Aero, SuperFetch, ReadyBoost, BitLocker Drive Encryption, Windows Firewall, Windows Defender, Address Space Layout Randomization. [28] It will be available in x86 and x64 versions and targeted for release in 2010. Reportedly, it will have a larger footprint (~ 300 MB) compared to 40 MB of XPe and will also require product activation.[28]

Features
A BT Internet payphone loading Windows XP Embedded.

Componentized OS
Write Filters
XPe includes feature components known as write filters, which can be used to filter out disk writes. The volumes can be marked as read-only using these filters and all writes to it can be redirected. Applications in user mode are unaware of this write filtering. XPe ships with two write filters:

Enhanced Write Filter (EWF)
EWF protects a system at volume level. It redirects all disk writes to a protected drive to memory or a separate disk. EWF is extremely useful when used in Thin Clients that have flash memory as their primary boot source.
File Based Write Filter (FBWF)
FBWF allows the configuration of individual files as read/write on a protected volume.

USB Boot
XPe adds a USB boot option to Windows. An XPe embedded device can be configured to boot from a USB drive.
CD Boot
An XPe device can be configured to boot from a CD-ROM. This allows the device to boot without the requirement of having a physical hard disk drive as well as provides a "fresh boot" every time the image is booted (a property inherited by the fact that the operating system is being booted from read-only media). One drawback to this technology is updating or servicing the image requires the complete process of setting up the runtime image to be completed once again from start to end.
Network Boot
An XPe device can be configured to boot from a properly configured network. Synonymous to CD Boot, Network Boot removes the requirement of having the physical hard drive as well as providing the "fresh boot" behavior. One bonus to Network Boot though is the ability to service the already setup image. Once the image is updated the image is simply posted to the RIS Server and once clients are rebooted they will receive the updated image.

Windows Embedded for Point of Service

Windows Embedded for Point of Service is a specialization of Windows XP Embedded. It was released on May 25, 2005, and focuses on the point of sale device market, such as fuel pumps, self-checkout stations, automated teller machines and cash registers.[25] Like other editions of XPe, it is not available for purchase directly from Microsoft, but is instead licensed to original equipment manufacturers.[29]

Its on the Windows XP page:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP ... ofessional


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 PostPost subject: Thanks!        Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:35 pm 
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Awesome! Thanks for the info too! Another Quick reply too!
Offtopic:Is there always going to be at least one person on the forum what ever the time of day?


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 PostPost subject: Re: Thanks!        Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:36 pm 
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mattarnster wrote:
Awesome! Thanks for the info too! Another Quick reply too!
Offtopic:Is there always going to be at least one person on the forum what ever the time of day?

Well, its always two in the morning somewere...


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 PostPost subject: :)        Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:40 pm 
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True, True. Thanks for answering my question! Does anyone want to lock the topic? Or carry it on?


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mattarnster wrote:
True, True. Thanks for answering my question! Does anyone want to lock the topic? Or carry it on?

Usually topics are left unlocked, that way anyone else who wants to contribute, can.


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 PostPost subject: Ok        Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:45 pm 
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Let me guess? Saves cluttering up the forum with locked topics? Im a mod on another forum and people usually ask me to lock quite a few topics. :)


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 PostPost subject: Re: Ok        Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:16 pm 
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Here in BA topics are usually locked only in case they bring useless controversy, or if they are insulting, bugging, or whateaver somebody.
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mattarnster wrote:
Let me guess? Saves cluttering up the forum with locked topics? Im a mod on another forum and people usually ask me to lock quite a few topics. :)


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Ok. I understand!


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