Multiple SP1 releases for Windows Embedded Standard 7

Microsoft indicates of multiple versions of Service Pack 1 will be offered for Windows Embedded Standard 7, which bring to the table the same updates, they’ll differ in the manner in which the upgrades will be deployed. Matthew Tundo cited Microsoft’s need to adapt the upgrades to a multitude of scenarios in order to deliver […]

Microsoft indicates of multiple versions of Service Pack 1 will be offered for Windows Embedded Standard 7, which bring to the table the same updates, they’ll differ in the manner in which the upgrades will be deployed. Matthew Tundo cited Microsoft’s need to adapt the upgrades to a multitude of scenarios in order to deliver best experience possible, and that company will provide "Full" and "Small" service packs. “A Full SP contains a copy of all components (a component is a building block of a Feature Pack) that’ve been updated. A "Small" SP is an attempt to shave off space requirement by only including individual binaries within the component that’ve changed. The building process for "Small" SPs is still being developed, but we expect to be able to offer them at some point within Standard 7 lifecycle. Both of these types don’t require network access to install,” Tundo stated. According to Tundo, there’ll be two areas affected as far as Embedded Standard is concerned, namely embedded device and Distribution Share and image creation process. Customers relying on Standard 7 willn’t be able to install SP1 offline images. However, at the same time, SP1 for Windows Embedded evolved to the point in which upgrade no longer wipes and reloads the devices. The promise from Microsoft is that deployments can be performed on running images, requiring only a restart in order for the integration to be completed.