Design a Run-Time Image (Windows Embedded Standard 2009)


When you design a run-time image, you select all of the components required to operate your target device, from user interfaces to device drivers. Custom applications can be added, and your run-time image can be configured to run on a particular media type.

During this development phase, consider how your device will be used over time. Add additional functionality, such as device drivers, that meets these possible future needs. While this will increase the footprint, it will also increase the lifetime and usefulness of the device.

Run-time images are built by using Target Designer.

How to Create a Run-Time Image

Describes how to develop a run-time image, from analyzing your device hardware, to adding components, to deploying the run-time image.

Adding Dr. Watson

Describes how to add Dr. Watson to your run-time image.

Adding Generic Device Driver Support for Device Classes

Describes how to add generic device driver support for device classes.

Adding Safe Mode Support

Describes how to add the Safe Mode boot options to your run-time image.

Application Compatibility

Describes how to ensure application compatibility through the use of component Help and specially-designed macro components.

Boot Performance

Describes how to improve the boot performance of your run-time image.

Componentized Windows Services

Describes the files that implement many Windows services and the components that contain them.

Custom Resources

Describes the resources that can be added to a component or a configuration, to add specific functionality to the run-time image, such as COM registration or an application shortcut.

Design Templates and Macro Components

Describes the templates you can use to create your run-time image as well as the macro components that contain additional functionality.

Digital Image Acquisition with WIA

Describes the Windows Image Acquisition component. This is used to capture digital images from a digital camera or scanner.

Disabling Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Describes how to disable access to Windows keyboard shortcuts.

Display Settings

Describes how to configure display settings in your run-time image.

Enhanced Write Filter

Describes the Enhanced Write Filter (EWF) that allows write access to read-only media.

Error Reporting Configuration

Describes how to add the error-reporting component to your run-time image.

File-Based Write Filter

Describes the File-Based Write Filter (FBWF) that allows file-level write access to read-only media.


Describes run-time image size and options for reducing footprint during the development of a configuration.

Hiding the Windows Boot Splash Screen

Describes how to disable the Windows Embedded Standard splash screen during startup.

Language Support Configuration

Describes language support components and configuration settings.

Licensing a Run-Time Image

Describes the different product keys required for Windows Embedded Standard tools and run-time images.

Power Management Configuration

Describes how to add power management functionality to your run-time image.

Reassign Drive Letters to Volumes in Target Designer

Describes how to reassign drive letters to volumes in the Target Designer.

Running an Application Automatically

Describes how to create a dedicated device. Additionally, you can run an application during or after FBA, or after user logon.


Describes the different servicing scenarios to consider when building your run-time image.


Describes how to add support for Start Menu shortcuts in your run-time image.

System Settings

Describes how to change the computer name, pagefile configuration, and power management settings for your run-time image.

Terminal Services Configuration

Describes Terminal Services. This is used to provide Remote Desktop access to your target device.

Wireless Configuration

Describes the components and configurations that support wireless devices.

Developer Reference

Describes the order and phases in the overall run-time image development process.

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