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Detect Hardware Devices with Target Analyzer and Windows PE (Windows Embedded Standard 2009)

4/23/2012

Windows PE uses Plug and Play to enumerate the hardware on your target device. Target Analyzer (Tap.exe) can then use the enumerated list to create the devices.pmq file. You can use Windows PE to run Target Analyzer without having a supported operating system or hard drive installed on your target device.

Running Tap.exe in the Windows PE environment usually results in a minimal PMQ or hardware profile of the target system. This leads to a minimal configuration run-time image.

The following table shows the differences in the number of devices that Tap.exe will detect on various environments.

Device Full desktop environment Windows PE environment

Windows XP Pro or Windows 2000 Desktop

65-75 devices

35-45 devices

Windows XP Pro or Windows 2000 Laptop

90-100 devices

45-55 devices

Saving Target Analyzer Output to a Network Location

Describes how to boot by using Windows PE, run Target Analyzer, and then save the .pmq file to a network location.

Saving Target Analyzer Output to a Floppy Disk

Describes how to boot by using Windows PE, run Target Analyzer, and then save the .pmq file to a floppy disk.

Windows Preinstallation Environment

Describes Windows PE features, and how you can use them for Windows Embedded Standard development tasks.

Identify Target Device Hardware

Describes how to use Target Designer to identify the devices on your target device.

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