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  • Question

  • I'm looking for an OS that will work in a similar fashion to a windows CE nk.bin file.  Our company has changed hardware platforms and there is a need to create a new OS and we are planning on using Windows 7.

    The beauty of using an nk.bin file in CE was:

    • The OS was locked down into one file
    • The file is read into memory and the nk.bin file persists untouched
    • If anyone tinkers with the OS, the change is completely lost as upon reboot, the hardware will simply boot up the original nk.bin

    Our pc's act kind of like a kiosk where it simply boots into our software and as far as the end user is concerned, the OS is really never seen.  The end user is basically locked into our application.  We don't want to offer any flexibility to the OS as we would control any changes to the OS internally.

    The application would reside in it's own directory outside of the operating system.

    I hope I explained this properly.  I'm not sure what the equivelent of this would be in Win7.  Can anyone help?

    Thanks

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 9:02 PM

Answers

  • Window Embedded Standard 7 is what you are looking for.

    1. Use a write filter to protect the OS partition from writes.

    2. You application can be the shell to the system.

    Some basic introduction articles can be found here: http://www.annabooks.com/Articles_WES7.html

    There is a book that covers the detailas: http://www.annabooks.com/Book_PGWES7.html

    -Sean


    www.annabooks.com / www.seanliming.com / Book Author - Pro Guide to WES 7, XP Embedded Advanced, Pro Guide to POS for .NET

    • Marked as answer by TwoScoops72 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 4:18 PM
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:04 PM

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  • Window Embedded Standard 7 is what you are looking for.

    1. Use a write filter to protect the OS partition from writes.

    2. You application can be the shell to the system.

    Some basic introduction articles can be found here: http://www.annabooks.com/Articles_WES7.html

    There is a book that covers the detailas: http://www.annabooks.com/Book_PGWES7.html

    -Sean


    www.annabooks.com / www.seanliming.com / Book Author - Pro Guide to WES 7, XP Embedded Advanced, Pro Guide to POS for .NET

    • Marked as answer by TwoScoops72 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 4:18 PM
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:04 PM
  • Thank you Sean, this will help get me moving in the right direction.

    Appreciate the help.


    -Greg

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 4:18 PM