Modifying Windows Embedded Compact 7 | August 11, 2011

The installation of Windows Embedded Compact 7 can be very large and complex. Users have the ability of installing, repairing, adding updates, removing updates, adding options, and removing options without ever uninstalling the product. Some users will work with one or two architectures, other users may develop for many architectures, based on several points in time. For that user, Windows Embedded Compact 7 has been deployed to allow the user to quickly and easily select options at a point in time that they require.

For example, a developer has installed on their system Platform Builder, English Documentation, and ARM v5 Architecture at the July 2011 Update level. The project that developer was working on is finished and the next project requires Arm v6 Architecture at the RDP RemoteFX Update level. So how does the developer configure their system for this project? It’s simple; let me show you how.

Start with opening Programs and Features from the control Panel, or in this case, Add or Remove Programs for XP, highlight the Windows Embedded Compact 7 entry and select “Change”:



Then Select Modify



The next screen will show the user what options are currently installed, and what level they are installed at.



The user will need to move the slider to middle spot, and will see that the label to the right now states “Revert to RDP RemoteFX Update”. The user also wants to add ARM V6 Architecture, so they check that option. The user decides that they no longer need English Documentation so they uncheck that option. Note that unchecking an option will result in that option being removed from the system:



When the user clicks on Next, the Ready to Proceed screen will appear and show the user the actions that will be performed. This shows that English Documentation will be uninstalled:



Scroll down a little and the user will see that the Update 2 for ARMV5 Architecture will be uninstalled:



Scroll down a bit more, and the user will see that ARM V6 Architecture will be installed at Update 1 level:



At this point the user can click Back to change the plan, or click Modify to proceed with the actions.


The options to be installed will be acquired first:



Options to be uninstalled next:



Options will be modified and installed last:



When the action has completed, the user will have Platform Builder, ARM v5 Architecture, and ARM v6 Architecture installed at the RDP level.

Key notes to remember:

· Any option that is NOT “Checked” will be uninstalled.

· Any option that is “Checked” will be installed.

· All options will be at the current install level. There will not be a time when ARM v5 is at update 1 level and ARM v6 is at Update 2 level at the same time.

Please let me know if you have a questions or comments.


Links for more information: (Official Install Blog)


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