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Do a step-by-step guide on how to do it yourself and additional options you might want to add 0 0%
Upload a finished ISO with the software included in your 7MC software guide. Install&play basically 0 0%
Both 0 0%
A guide for building a nuclear ICBM with control from 7MC for getting rid of those pesky neighbours 0 0%
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post #1 of 27 Old 05-24-2010, 08:10 AM - Thread Starter
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Some may know, some may not, but Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 a month ago.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembe...d/default.mspx
Like the name says, it`s a embedded/componetized Win 7 OS targeted at applications such as medical devices, industrial controls, thin clients, and alot more, including advanced set-top boxes and network media players. MS has already demonstrated W7 ES runing just Media center + it`s plugins :

http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/27/w...edded-devices/

Following previous guide for 7MC, i`m thinking of doing a guide on getting a barebone W7 ES on your HTPC, with all the software included in my HTPC Software GUIDE for Windows 7 Media Center, and without any additional services, even without the Win7 explorer/shell. Just a media box OS running on your HTPC.

Now, there are 3 options:

1) Making a step-by-step guide on how to do it yourself and aditional options you might want to add (Win Explorer for ex)
2) Uploading a finished ISO (on a site like megaupload or smth), with the software included in my guide and drivers for the latest hardware (Ati 5xxx series, intel Core ix HD graphics). just install and play, basically.
3) Both

I`m interested in your opinions.
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post #2 of 27 Old 05-24-2010, 08:47 AM
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I thought Windows 7 Embedded wasn't going to be released to the public. I thought it was only for OEM's. Do you know anything different?

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Ups, i forgot the download link : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...cea92#filelist

It seems that they released it as an evaluation for 5 months. I`m going to experiment and see if you can activate it permanently via a normal W7 (Home/Pro) key.
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Nice i have been wanting to learn how to use embedded for a while and downloaded a copy of XPE while back to try to learn but never had the time... i was going to use it for a jukebox project... I am all for a walkthrough! Thanks for offering!
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I've had my eye on this.

step-by-step guide would be most interesting.

As long as "OEM only" means the same as WHS "OEM only" and not Windows Vista TV Pack "OEM only" (without leaks) or "Extender Technology" then all should be good. Still seeking clarification on this issue.

Thanks for the offer GreenEyez!

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It would sure be nice if we can use regular Windows 7 keys for Embedded.
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This would be a very welcome guide! Thank you for offering to do this.
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absolutely! will be highly valuable!
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Are you still planing on doing this?!
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Just a little bump, anymore thoughts on this, would love to see this done.

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I'm just curious as to what's the point of this - how many people are running hardware that needs a stripped down version of Win 7 to run? It's not like the additional services from W7HP are slowing most computers to a crawl or something. This just smacks of the people who used to follow those Win XP "tweak" guides to turn off services in an attempt to eek another 1% speed (and didn't actually work).
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Well, i ditched the ideea some time ago. Normal (bought) Windows licenses don`t work with embedded version, and there are no "pirated" licenses for such a thing, so it wouldn`t work anyway.

@jvarisco - Neah, the point was to get an ISO image that you could just install and have everything pre-installed and up and running, not performance.
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Thread digging but I just remembered this thread existed after a comment about Windows XP Embedded on another forum.

I'm curious, does Windows Embedded Standard support acting as a Windows Media Center extender. Given Microsoft doesn't support softsled on vanilla Windows 7 versions, this is one of the things I'm wondering about with Windows Embedded. Unfortunately, I don't really have the time to play with Windows Embedded at the moment so I haven't downloaded the 6-month trial just yet.
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Here's the MS website that talks about what is and is not included.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/wind.../dd819150.aspx
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Here's the MS website that talks about what is and is not included.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/wind.../dd819150.aspx

I've already read that and it doesn't really answer my question. The only way to confirm whether Windows Embedded can act as an extender is to actually try the OS which GreenEyez has done.
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Any news on this one?! Since students can get a legal copy of this software through Microsoft's DreamSpark program, it might be of some interest to some of us...
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I see that it and the keys are available on MSDN. I don't have any spare hardware to play around on at the moment, but I *might* be interested if I could easily dump something on an ITX system for the bedroom, if for no other reason than the hobby curiosity thing.
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My thoughts is that it STILL won't support blu-ray (m2ts), mkv or HD Audio streaming as it is quite apparent that MS doesn't want to fork over the money for usage rights. So what's the point?

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I've been casually watching this for some time now too. Being able to install it on a small, passively cooled PC with something like Mediabrowser really would be all I'd need it for.
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My thoughts is that it STILL won't support blu-ray (m2ts), mkv or HD Audio streaming as it is quite apparent that MS doesn't want to fork over the money for usage rights. So what's the point?

My understanding is that it would be up to the OEM to build in support for stuff such as mkv, hd audio bitstreaming, etc...

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My understanding is that it would be up to the OEM to build in support for stuff such as mkv, hd audio bitstreaming, etc...

Agreed but the OEM might as well just develop their own OS or use linux as they will have to do additional develpment to make it functional. My streamer cost $45 and plays mkv, m2ts and HD Audio with a f/w upgrade flash but my Win7 HTPC is a pain in the @$$ to get set up to do it... It does it but creates other issues so the all-in-one solution is not there, really.

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BTW the poll answer #4 busts me up. Answer #3 is pretty hilarious too!

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Agreed but the OEM might as well just develop their own OS or use linux as they will have to do additional develpment to make it functional. My streamer cost $45 and plays mkv, m2ts and HD Audio with a f/w upgrade flash but my Win7 HTPC is a pain in the @$$ to get set up to do it... It does it but creates other issues so the all-in-one solution is not there, really.

Well, I never said anyone would be crazy enough to develop off of it

Don't forget though, an OEM developing with embedded now has the possibility of creating a fully functional streamer + PVR (with Cable Card support), something you are not getting with any other streamers on the market these days (with SageTV HD300 being somewhat the exception).

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BTW the poll answer #4 busts me up. Answer #3 is pretty hilarious too!

Those must have just been added recently as they definitely weren't answers originally. Not sure what happened to Greeneyez as he seems to have dropped off of AVS altogether.

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BTW the poll answer #4 busts me up. Answer #3 is pretty hilarious too!

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Those must have just been added recently as they definitely weren't answers originally. Not sure what happened to Greeneyez as he seems to have dropped off of AVS altogether.

And I meant #5 and #4 too... my computer raped me!

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I'm looking into the whole embedded thing purely for personal reasons, as I'm trying to build a small htpc system for the livingroom. Would it be possible to just add the extra functionality for BluRay and mkv through some 3rd party application during the setup process?

Anyhow, I've just set up an virtual machine to take a look at the available package options. Maybe we could select all the components which are essentials or at least optional from the following list:

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sorry to bump an old thread, but did anything ever come of this? Would love to have an embedded system like the one Ceton showed at CES this year. In my dream world, it would function more like a CE device than an HTPC.
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