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Detect Hardware Devices with Target Analyzer and Windows PE

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.

DeviceFull desktop environmentWindows PE environment
Windows XP Pro or Windows 2000 Desktop65-75 devices35-45 devices
Windows XP Pro or Windows 2000 Laptop90-100 devices45-55 devices

In This Section

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.

Related Sections

Windows Preinstallation Environment
Describes Windows PE features, and how you can use them for Windows XP Embedded development tasks.
Identify Target Device Hardware
Describes how to use Target Designer to identify the devices on your target device.

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