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Is there a difference between "Windows CE" and "Windows CE Embedded"?

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  • I have been reading some posts and have heard the names Windows CE and Windows CE Embedded used to discribe products. Could someone clarify if there is a difference between these two product names?

    Thanks.

    S


    Sean
    Tuesday, May 12, 2009 11:26 PM

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  • These are the same product. Name changes throughout the life of this product have created some confusion.

    This forum is for XP Embedded. Please post  to one of the Windows CE forums for clarification: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/embedded/aa731160.aspx

    -Sean
    www.sjjmicro.com / www.seanliming.com, Book Author - XP Embedded Advanced, XPe Supplemental Toolkit
    • Proposed as answer by Sean LimingMVP Tuesday, September 17, 2013 5:34 AM
    Wednesday, May 13, 2009 4:32 AM
  • Thanks Sean. I have one more question:

    What is the difference between Windows XP Embedded and Windows CE Embedded?

    S
    Sean
    Wednesday, May 13, 2009 5:12 PM
  • Windows CE and XP Embedded are completly different OS architectures.

    Windows XP Embedded is XP Pro broken down into 12,000+ components. The OS is built from binaries. It runson x86 platforms only.

    Windows CE is a ROMable Windows OS that has been built from the ground up to support small battery powered devices. Smart / Mobile phones are an example. The OS is built from source code, and it can run on ARM, MIPS, x86 and SH processors.

    There is another:

    .NET Micro Framework is CLR kernel runtime that allows to write applications in C# and download to a board that contains the run time. http://www.seanliming.com/NETMicroFramework.html

    -Sean

    www.sjjmicro.com / www.seanliming.com, Book Author - XP Embedded Advanced, XPe Supplemental Toolkit
    • Proposed as answer by Sean LimingMVP Tuesday, September 17, 2013 5:35 AM
    Wednesday, May 13, 2009 11:48 PM