Installing Windows Embedded Compact 7 RRS feed

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  • Not sure this is the best forum to ask in, but I just got WEC7 from Microsoft Dreamspark and am already having trouble. I wanted to do a test run of the two discs in VirtualBox and I can't boot into either of the discs,  I just get this error: FATAL: No bootable medium found! System halted. That tells me there's no bootloader on any of the discs, so how am I supposed to install them? My goal is to install it on a netbook, and I can't do that without the ability to install it. What should I do, should I use a WinPE to install it? Or is there something else I should do?

    Thursday, April 28, 2011 5:31 AM

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  • You cannot just 'install' Windows Embedded Compact 7 on a device like you would do with Desktop Windows.

    The two disks you received contain the development tool needed to create the specific OS Image (Compact 7) targeted to run on a specific device.

    In order to install Platform Builder you need
    - A PC running Windows XP SP3 /Vista or Windows 7
    - Visual Studio 2008 with SP1

    You'll find useful learning resources for Compact 7 here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/develop/windows-embedded-compact-7-development-resources.aspx

    I'd recommend you start by reading one of the books listed here:

    This will give you a good overview on how to proceed.

    MVP Windows Embedded
    Thursday, April 28, 2011 9:02 AM
  • Okay now I have a new problem, I go to use disc one to create an ISO or whatever, and it asks me for a product key, when on the Dreamspark website it says: Note: No product key required for this download 

    What do I do? What am I missing?

    Friday, April 29, 2011 9:54 PM
  • I'm not sure why dreamspark did not provide a product key, they did with everything else that needed it. I found the site where you can register to get a 180-day trial key:

    Windows Embedded Free Trial


    Tuesday, May 3, 2011 5:53 AM
  • Never mind, it says that key is not valid. I would imagine if I download the disks from the free trial link, it would work. It seems that the dreamspark version is completely missing the product key some where along the line.
    Tuesday, May 3, 2011 6:03 AM
  • The normal 'retail' version of the product does require a product.

    I'd contect the DreamSpark Team (https://www.dreamspark.com/ContactUs.aspx) to find out more how to resolve this issue.

    MVP Windows Embedded
    Thursday, May 5, 2011 11:20 AM