Building a Run-Time Image for a Thin Client (Windows Embedded CE 6.0)


This topic describes how to create a run-time image for a Windows Embedded CE powered thin client. The steps in this topic refer to Windows Embedded CE PC-based hardware platform (CEPC) as the target hardware. Or, you can use a Device Emulator or a standard development board as the target hardware. For more information, see Getting Started with Developing a Thin Client.

  1. Start Microsoft Visual Studio 2005.

  2. On the File menu, select New, and then select Project.

  3. In the New Project dialog box, in Project types, select Platform Builder.

  4. Enter the project name in the Name box and select OK.The CE 6.0 OS Design wizard appears.

  5. Select Next.

  6. Select the hardware board support package (BSP) that you want to build an image for and then select Next. For this example, select CEPC:x86 for the CEPC BSP.

  7. Select the Thin Client design template category, and then select Next.

  8. Select the design template variant you want to use and then select Next. Select either Windows Thin Client or Enterprise Terminal.

  9. Select any additional technologies you want to add to your image from each page in the wizard, and then select Next. For a configuration with the default settings, do not select any additional options and then select Next. For more information, see Windows Thin Client Design Template or Enterprise Web Pad Design Template.

  10. Select Finish.

  11. The configured project will be created and opened within Visual Studio 2005. To add or remove items from the configuration, select the Catalog Items View tab and change the project as needed.

  12. Select whether you want to build a debug or retail image from the Solution Configuration options.

  13. On the Build menu, select Build Solution to build an image.

After you have built a run-time image for your thin client, you can load it onto the target device for testing and debugging activities. If you plan to customize your OS design in Platform Builder, make sure that you rebuild the run-time image before loading it onto your target device. For instructions on how to download a run-time image to a CEPC, see Downloading a Run-Time Image to a CEPC.

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