Windows XP Embedded with SP2
Developing applications and integrating them in various environments is a complex endeavor that involves all kinds of resources, the software side being perhaps the most well represented in this respect.
One of the solutions that have proven their worth many a times in the past is Windows XP Embedded. With the release of the second Service Pack, it received many improvements and new features that were especially designed to provide the necessary enhancements needed by developers.
Included in the Windows XP Embedded with SP2 package are a set of technologies and utilities like Windows XP Embedded SP2, Windows XP Embedded SP1 Database, Windows XP Embedded SP1 Tools and Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine.
Rising the bar insofar as the security functionality is concerned, this software solution focuses on network and memory protection, but Internet browsing or e-mailing are by no means not left aside. A welcomed DirectX update as well as the addition of the necessary resources for deploying NET Framework 1.1 compliant apps are also to be found in the toolkit.
When building operating systems with Windows XP Embedded with SP2, it is possible to add WMP (Windows Media Player) 9 Series support to the multimedia applications. Also, the clients based on XP Embedded can receive Windows updates through the Microsoft Software Update Services (SUS) technology.
A neat addition to be found in Windows XP Embedded with SP2 pertains to the boot time of Enhanced Write Filter protected run-time images which can actually be decreased by using a hibernation file.
Thanks to this comprehensive solution, the creation of run-time images is much more easy, as is the configuration, not to mention the important gain in security, compatibility and support for various devices. For this reasons, Windows XP Embedded with SP2 remains one of the most important reference points in embedded device development.