Requirements for an Embedded Device (Standard 7 SP1)

February 18, 2016

An embedded device must meet the following requirements to run Windows Embedded Standard 7. If your device does not meet these requirements, the Standard 7 operating system and tools might not run or might not work as expected.

The embedded device must meet or exceed the following requirements:

  • 1 GHz x86 or amd64 processor* with 900 mhz speed or equivalent
  • 512 MB of system memory (1GB recommended for amd64)
  • 1 GB free space on hard disk drive (HDD) or flash-based Solid State Drive (SSD) (4 GB recommended)
  • At least one of the following bootable media types:
    • Bootable DVD-ROM drive
    • Bootable USB 2.0 port and a USB Flash Drive (UFD) with 4 GB of free space, or access to a local network
  • BIOS Supporting Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) 3.0

*Prior versions of Windows Embedded, including Windows Embedded 7, 8 and 8.1 products, have limited support when running on new processors and chipsets from manufacturers like Intel, AMD, NVidia, and Qualcomm. For more information, please see the Support Lifecycle FAQ.

After you have verified that your embedded device meets the requirements above, the next step is to develop an image. For information about building your first Standard 7 image, see Build Your First Standard 7 Image Using Image Builder Wizard. For detailed instructions about developing and building an image, see Building Images.

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