Windows Embedded Standard 7 build 99

Build of Windows Embedded Standard 7
OS family
Architecturex86, x64
Timebomb2010-08-15 (+382 days)
Works in
Base build

Windows Embedded Standard 7 build 99 is the official Community Technology Preview 1 build of Windows Embedded Standard 7 (identifying as simply "Windows Embedded Standard"). It is based on Windows 7 build 7231, but contains an x64 architecture in addition to x86.

Setup[edit | edit source]

This build contains a much different setup compared to other SKUs of Windows 7. Rather than deploying an install.wim and installing a SKU of their choice only, the user is given many questions during setup.

When booting into setup, the user is given two options - deploying an answer file or WIM, and building an image for installation.

If choosing to deploy a WIM or answer file, a dialog will open, letting the user search around for your WIM or answer file.

If the user decided to build an image instead, the user will be greeted with an End of User License Agreement, just like the user would with any other release of Windows. Once agreeing, the user will be asked on how the user wanted to build the image. There are two main options - using an existing template, or creating a custom image.

If the user choosed an existing template, the user will be able to click next, where the user would select what language, time currency/format and keyboard/input method to install. When clicking next once again, the user will be given a summary of what drivers/applications will be installed. The user will have a chance to take a look at all of them and also modify them before the user finally reached the stage where the user formats the hard drive and start installation.

If the user choosed to build their own custom image, the user will be greeted by the language selection screen again. However, after proceeding to click next, the user will have the option to either automatically detect drivers, use a PMQ to detect devices and load drivers, or load minimal drivers. Once clicking next, the user will be able to confirm the loaded drivers and load any additional drivers. Once clicking next again, the user will be asked to install Feature Packs to include in the image. There is also text on the bottom right estimating what the OS footprint will be. If the next button is grayed out, that indicates that the user needed to resolve dependencies relating to the operating system. This usually occurs whenever the user has 2 or more features that commit the same tasks. Once resolving all dependencies, the user will be able to click next, where the user will meet the summary of drivers and features. The user cannot carry out any modifications here however. Upon clicking next once again, the user will be able to select where to install Windows.

Once the user has finally arrived at the disk selection, the user will be able to choose what disk to install Windows on - with the addition of two more features not found in regular Windows installations. These are creating system partitions and hiding/showing USB flash drives. If a USB drive is plugged into the computer, setup will show the USB drives, unless the user chose to hide them. The user can also create a separate system partition - however this is grayed out and set to true if there isn't an available system partition on any of the attached storage devices.

After clicking next, the user is ready to go. Setup can now install Windows Embedded Standard 7 onto the system.

Due to how setup works, it will take quite a while to install - longer than normal releases of Windows. Once restarting twice, the user will finally reach the Out of Box Experience. It is majorly similar to Windows 7 build 7231, however the wallpaper is missing and the banners have been changed as well.

Differences between client and Embedded releases[edit | edit source]

  • Most branding resources are not present in this build.
  • The Start menu has fewer pinned apps.

Accessories[edit | edit source]

Most accessories found in other SKUs of this build have been removed, due to a lack of necessity for industrial use. In return, newer apps dedicated to this release of Windows have also been added; an example of this is the Windows Subsystem for UNIX-Based Applications.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • The wallpaper for the logon/logoff/OOBE screen doesn't show sometimes.
  • Just like its base build, running Disk Cleanup with administrator privileges causes the application to crash.

Gallery[edit | edit source]