Build Images (Standard 8)
Review the available options for building Windows Embedded 8 Standard (Standard 8) images.
This section contains topics that show you how to develop an image with Windows Embedded 8 Standard (Standard 8). The first step is to choose which image development path is best for you:
Express Path Using Image Builder Wizard (IBW) This path is the fastest, easiest way to develop an image. You run IBW on the reference device instead of another computer, such as a development computer. The wizard guides you through a handful of choices about the installation, and then it helps you add or remove the functionality that you need in the image. After you have made all your selections, IBW automatically builds the image and installs it onto the reference device. After the image is running, you can make additional changes manually such as installing and configuring software and drivers, adding language packs, modifying the registry, or configuring components in the operating system.
To begin building an image using the express path, see Build an Image Using Image Builder Wizard.
Advanced Path Using Image Configuration Editor (ICE) This path is the most versatile, flexible way to develop an image because you can add, remove, or configure any functionality in Standard 8 automatically. You use ICE to create a configuration file that defines the functionality, software, and settings that you need in the image. You can modify your configuration file so that it automatically installs and configures software and drivers, adds language packs, modifies the registry, or configures components in the operating system. You can create a configuration file that performs a completely unattended installation of Standard 8. You can also customize the Windows Welcome Screen or Welcome Center. After the image is built using the configuration file and installed on the reference device, you can still continue making manual changes to the installation while it is running, just like the Express Path, or by modifying the Windows Image (.wim) file that contains the image.
To begin building an image using the advanced path, see Create a Configuration File in Image Configuration Editor.
- Methods for Running Image Builder Wizard
Shows you how can use IBW to install Standard 8 by using either interactive or unattended installation methods.
- Automatically Create a Bootable Utility USB Flash Drive
Shows you how to create a bootable utility USB flash drive from IBW and a catalog or configuration set.
- Relocate the Image Builder Wizard Files
Shows you how to copy the IBW files to another location, such as a USB flash drive or a network share.
- Build an Image Using Image Builder Wizard
Shows you how to develop and build an image on a reference device by using IBW.
- Create a Configuration File in Image Configuration Editor
Shows you how to develop an image on a development computer by using ICE.