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Encyclopedia > Windows XP Embedded
Windows XP Embedded
(Part of the Windows NT family)
Screenshot

An Internet payphone loading Windows XP
Developer
Microsoft
Web site: Windows XP Embedded
Release information
Source model: Closed source
License: Microsoft EULA
Kernel type: Hybrid kernel

Windows XP Embedded, or XPe, is the componentized version of Microsoft Windows XP Professional and the successor to Windows NT 4.0 Embedded. XPe is based on the same binaries as XP Professional, but XPe is marketed towards developers for OEMs, ISVs and IHVs that want the full Win32 API support of Windows but without the overhead of Professional. It runs existing Windows applications and device drivers off-the-shelf on devices with at least 32MB Compact Flash, 32MB RAM and a P-200 microprocessor. XPe was released on November 28, 2001. As of February 2007, the newest release is Windows XP Embedded SP2 Feature Pack 2007. Windows NT (New Technology) is a family of operating systems produced by Microsoft, the first version of which was released in July 1993. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 1101 KB) Summary BT Internet payphone loading Microsoft Windows XP. Photo taken by User:Edward. ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... The text below is generated by a template, which has been proposed for deletion. ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... A kernel connects the application software to the hardware of a computer. ... Graphical overview of a hybrid kernel Hybrid kernel is a kernel architecture based on combining aspects of microkernel and monolithic kernel architectures used in computer operating systems. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Windows NT 4. ... Original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, is a term that refers to containment-based re-branding, namely where one company uses a component of another company within its product, or sells the product of another company under its own brand. ... An Independent Software Vendor (ISV) is a business term for companies specializing in making or selling software, usually for niche markets. ... An Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) is a business term for companies specializing in making or selling hardware, usually for niche markets. ... Windows API is a set of APIs, (application programming interfaces) available in the Microsoft Windows operating systems. ... API may refer to: In computing, application programming interface In petroleum industry, American Petroleum Institute In education, Academic Performance Index This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... “Windows” redirects here. ... “Windows” redirects here. ... A device driver, or software driver is a computer program allowing higher-level computer programs to interact with a computer hardware device. ... CompactFlash (CF) was originally a type of data storage device, used in portable electronic devices. ... Look up RAM, Ram, ram in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A microprocessor is a programmable digital electronic component that incorporates the functions of a central processing unit (CPU) on a single semiconducting integrated circuit (IC). ... is the 332nd day of the year (333rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... February 2007 is the second month of the year. ...


XPe is not related to Windows CE. They target different devices and they each have their pros and cons which make them attractive to different OEMs for different types of devices. For instance, XPe will never get down to the small footprint that CE works in. However, CE does not have the Win32 APIs XPe has (although CE has an API that is similar to the Win32 API), nor can it run the tens of thousands of drivers and applications that already exist. Windows CE (sometimes abbreviated WinCE) is a variation of Microsofts Windows operating system for minimalistic computers and embedded systems. ... API may refer to: In computing, application programming interface In petroleum industry, American Petroleum Institute In education, Academic Performance Index This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

Contents

Features

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Windows XP series.
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Development history
Criticism
  • Componentized OS

XPe is a componentized version of XP Professional. XPe ships the same binaries as XP Professional, but with XPe an OEM is free to choose only the components needed thereby reducing OS footprint and also reducing attack area as compared with XP Professional. Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Windows XP has several features not in previous versions of Windows. ... A typical Windows XP desktop. ... A typical Windows XP MCE 2005 Menu Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) is a version of Windows XP designed to serve as a home-entertainment hub. ... For the 64-bit Windows XP for Itanium systems, see Windows XP 64-bit Edition. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Development of Windows XP started in 1999 in the form of Windows Neptune. ... Microsofts Windows XP operating system has received considerable amounts of criticism for various problems. ...

  • Write Filters

XP embedded 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.

  • File Based Write Filter (FBWF)

FBWF allows the configuration of individual files as read/write on a protected volume.

  • USB Boot

XPe adds USB boot 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 drive as well as provides a "fresh boot" every time the image is booted.(a property inherited by the fact that the OS 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. A Microsoft supplied server that provides Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE) BIOS enabled computers to remotely execute boot environment variables. ...


Target Devices

The devices targeted for XPe have included ATMs, arcade games, slot machines, cash registers, industrial robotics, thin clients, set-top boxes, network attached storage (NAS), time clocks, navigation devices, etc. 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. Outdoor ATMs may be free-standing, like this kiosk, or built into the side of banks or other buildings An automatic teller machine, automated teller machine (ATM) or cash machine is an electronic device that allows a banks customers to make cash withdrawals and check their account balances without... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... Slot machines in the Trump Taj Mahal A slot machine is a certain type of gambling machine. ... Antique crank-operated cash register This article is about the cash register. ... Robotics is the science and technology of robots, their design, manufacture, and application. ... A HP T5700 thin client, with flash memory A Neoware m100 thin client. ... A set-top box (STB) or set-top unit (STU) is a device that connects to a television and an external source of signal, turning the signal into content which is then displayed on the television screen. ... Network-attached storage (NAS) systems are generally computing-storage devices that can be accessed over a computer network, rather than directly being connected to the computer (via a computer bus). ... Early 20th century time clock made by IBM. The face shows employee numbers which would be dialed up by employees entering and leaving the factory. ... Intel Pentium 4 (Northwood version), one example out of a huge number of x86 implementations from Intel, AMD, and others. ...


Real-Life Uses

  • Staples uses XPe for their Self Serve Copy Center kiosks, which are manufactured by Entrac, Inc.
  • Waitrose in the UK now uses XPe on its VBS (Vision Bean Store) tills.
  • Radioshack uses XPe on its cashlanes.
  • Target Stores use XPe on all of their cash registers.
  • Regal Entertainment Group uses XPe on its cash registers.
  • Kodak Picture Maker Kiosks (G4) use XPe.
  • Ladbrokes uses XPe in its Cash Quest Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).
  • Lehigh Electronics Company uses XPe on its Millennium and Rendition Theatrical Lighting Control Consoles.
  • Kroger uses XPe in its application kiosks.
  • Avolites uses XPe in its Pearl Expert console.
  • Wyse offers thin-clients with XPe.
  • Circuit City uses XPe in its Magellan Point of sale terminals.
  • US Biometrics uses XPe in its AccessQ door lock devices.
  • Taito Corporation uses XPe in their arcade board Taito Type X.
  • Woolworths Supermarkets in Australia uses XPe to run WOWpos on all cash registers.
  • NCR uses XPe to run newer ATM machines
  • Konami uses XPe in there beatmania IIDX cabinets since 9th style.

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See also

Windows NT 4. ... The following is a list of Microsoft operating systems. ...

External links

  • Embedded Windows team blog
  • Windows XP Embedded Home Page
  • Windows XP Embedded discussion forum

 
 

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