In the category of modern Microsoft operating systems, which are Windows 7 or 8, Windows Embedded exists in various versions. There are even server versions of Windows Embedded. There is also a version of SQL Server running under Windows Embedded. I consider a detailed description of each version as a waste of time, since all this information can be found on the Microsoft Windows Embedded website (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/windows-embedded.aspx). However, the names of embedded operating systems should be listed
In the article “Work. NET applications for Windows Embedded ”it was about when developers should use the Windows Embedded operating system. Let me remind you that usually Windows Embedded is used in the following two scenarios:
- There is only one application running on the computer.
- It is required to create many systems with identical configuration. In this case, using the embedded system image saves the time spent setting up Windows settings.
Once again, I want to emphasize the important advantages of Windows Embedded:
- The exception to misunderstanding. Windows 7 Embedded can be configured so that it has the same appearance and almost the same features as the standard version of Windows 7.
- Saving license costs. The cost of Windows Embedded is significantly lower than the cost of standard versions.
- Component delivery form. Windows Embedded allows you to install only those Windows components that are needed to perform a specific task, for which you can choose a ready-made OS template. You can also compose your own template.
- High performance. By eliminating all unnecessary services, embedded versions of Windows run significantly more efficiently on standard hardware than standard versions of Windows.
In a commentary by one of the readers on this article, other advantages of Windows Embedded were given, namely:
Video: Windows 7 Embedded Setup
- Limited attack surface for viruses. Rejecting unnecessary services on a Windows Embedded computer eliminates the relevant attack directions. The penetration of viruses is impossible in the absence of file shares, access to the Internet, email, RPC-server, etc. This allows you to free yourself from the load caused by the functioning of antivirus software.
- Lack of domain membership. Windows Embedded systems often do not require a name to register with a domain or access domain services, and therefore do not require domain membership.
- No need for indexing services. On a Windows Embedded computer, there is no need for indexing services, as well as tracking “last access” to files. This allows you to place Windows Embedded on small flash drives without worrying about the number of records or the level of wear of the media (wear leveling).
Windows Embedded Versions
Windows Embedded 7 Versions:
- Windows Embedded Enterprise 7
- Windows Embedded Standard 7;
- Windows Embedded POS Ready 7.
Other Windows Embedded Products:
- Windows Embedded Compact 7;
- Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5;
- Windows Server 2008 for Embedded Systems.
Windows Embedded 8 Versions:
- Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry;
- Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro;
- Windows Embedded 8 Standard.
Windows Embedded Compact Versions
There are also versions of Windows Embedded Compact. These compact versions of Windows Embedded, referred to as Windows Embedded CE or Windows CE, are designed for very small computers and embedded systems, including consumer electronic devices such as set-top boxes and game consoles.
Windows Embedded Compact supports ARM, MIPS, SuperH, x86 processors and derivatives of these architectures. Like its "non-compact" brothers, the compact version of Windows Embedded is a full-featured real-time operating system with platform versions. NET Framework and UI Framework, open drivers and services. The compact versions of Windows Embedded are modular operating systems with a special kernel, the operation of which requires less than 1 MB of memory. It is Windows Embedded Compact that underlies Windows Phone 7 and 8.
Additional components, updates and tools
There are many additional components, development and management tools, updates, tools, service packs, versions of Silverlight and Internet Explorer (IE), as well as templates for embedded versions of Windows. All of this is available for download for MSDN subscribers.
How to purchase Windows Embedded
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