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Windows Embedded Standard (Woodpecker, Robin)

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Article updated at 27 Sep 2012

Differences compared to Windows XP

  • XPe Enhanced write filter: [MSDN article]
  • No Activation
  • Long Term Availability (Windows Embedded XP until 2017, Windows Embedded Standard to be defined)

How to install Windows Embedded Standard (former XP embedded)

This 'How to' will give you a short introduction installing Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard on the Lily Carrier Board together with the Woodpecker or Robin Module. This How to is written for Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard, but should also work for the previous version called Microsoft Windows XP Embedded.

Important Notes (for Woodpecker only!)

If you like to install Windows Embedded Standard on a SATA Hard disk you have to include the “USB Boot 2.0” component to your image.


Install necessary components

Please download the necessary Windows Embedded Standard components for the Woodpecker/Robin and Lily and extract it to a local folder:

Open the Component Database Manager and select ‘Import’. Browse to the extracted file and open the Toradex_V2.0a.sld component found in the local folder. Make sure the checkbox ‘Copy repository files to the repository root’ is checked and press the Import Button to start the import.

Intel Embedded Graphics Driver

Please note the provided IEGD component in the Toradex SLD is just for evaluation and must be adapted to work properly with your display configuration. To support your own display configuration you will find more information about IEGD generation and configuration here: IEGD

Please find for reference the configuration files we used with our IEGD V10.1 driver (copy the content to the workspace folder, usual C:\IEGD\IEGD_10_1\workspace):

Template for fast progress

For a fast progress we suggest to build a full featured image by using the ‘Full XPpro SP2.sld’ provided by Sean Liming.

You will find the component here (search for 'Full XP Pro Like Solution'):

Or use the direct link:

Download the File and with the Component Database Manager import the 'Full XP Pro WES2009.sld' (for WES) or the ‘Full XPpro SP2.sld’ (for XPe).

Building your image

Start the Target Designer. Add the desired Template (Full XPpro SP2) and the ‘Toradex Woodpecker / Lily Driver (AAE)’. This driver will work also for Robin.

Resolve the dependencies (‘Configuration/Check Dependencies’ or F5). You will get one error (select at least one language…). Double-Click on the error message in the Tasks Window and select the languages you like to support on your target. Resolve dependencies again and then build the image (‘Configuration/Build Target Image…’ or F7). You should get no warnings and no errors

After building copy all files from the build directory to a bootable IDE-hard disk (or another desired boot media). Please note again, for booting from USB Stick or SATA-hard disk you need to add the ‘USB Boot 2.0’ component to the image before resolve dependencies and building the target image.

Hint: make sure the hard disk is bootable. Use Bootprep under Windows XP. Under Vista the boot sector will be automatically written when the disk is formatted (Attention you have to copy and rename the NTLDR to BOOTMGR in the root directory on the hard disk. Vista boot sector is looking for BOOTMGR to startup the OS). Under Vista you can also use the tool Bootsect.exe found in directory /boot on the systemdrive to create/fix the MBR.

Note: For Robin you can use the PE (Windows Preinstallation Environment) on the Windows Embedded Standard Installation Disk. Boot from this DVD, open a net share to the image on the development host and copy the files to the SSD. Also here make sure the SSD is bootable by using diskpart for partitioning and bootsect for creating the master boot record. Please note also the limited disk space from Robin Z510. Do not use Hybernation or a Pagefile.

Connect the hard disk to the Lily Board and power up the board. The Board will coming up with the FBA (First Boot Agent) to setup and install everything. After FBA the board will reboot and come up with a login. Use user name ‘Administrator’ and an empty password to login and have fun with your self generated operation system.