Headless System (Windows Embedded Standard 2009)


A headless system does not require a keyboard, mouse, or video graphics adapter (VGA) card during operation. Therefore, you must be able to gain access to the headless system so that it does not require user interaction at a local console.

Because the user cannot directly respond to interactive message boxes, dialog boxes, and service messages, Windows Embedded Standard provides message box interception. You use this to suppress and respond to these messages programmatically. You can also hide certain system messages and balloon pop-ups. For more information, see Message Box and Balloon Pop-Up Interception.

You can use remote administration tools to interact with your headless system.

Your headless system requires a target device BIOS that does not require a video card.

Adding Support for a Headless System to your Configuration

Describes the components to add to your configuration to support a headless system.

Headless Device Video Driver Processing

Describes how video drivers are processed during system startup, and how video drivers impact headless systems.

Using a Kernel Mode Debugger During Boot

Describes how to use a kernel mode debugger on a headless system.

Deploy a Run-Time Image

Describes the process of transferring a run-time image to a variety of media types and the components and tools that are used for this purpose.

Message Box and Balloon Pop-Up Interception

Describes how to disable or capture shell message boxes and balloon pop-ups.

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