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Get started with Windows Embedded 8 Standard


The following resources will help you get started with Windows Embedded 8 Standard (Standard 8):


Review the major sections of the Windows Embedded 8 Standard (Standard 8) technical documentation library.

Inside Standard 8

Review the basic concepts and processes you will encounter when using Standard 8.


Learn the terms and definitions used in the documentation for Standard 8.

Requirements for a Development Computer

Review the hardware and software requirements for a Standard 8 development computer.

Requirements for an Embedded Device

Review the hardware requirements for a Standard 8 device.

OS Requirements for Windows Embedded Developer Update (WEDU)

Review the operating system requirements for Windows Embedded Developer Update (WEDU), an application you can use to find and install updates for Windows Embedded development environments.

Product Keys and Activation

Learn how Standard 8 product keys are used to determine the grace period or evaluation period of an image, and used to generate a product identifier (PID) to identify each unique installation.

Lab Exercises

Review the lab exercises designed to be end-to-end guides that enable you to learn more about Standard 8 as you perform one or more tasks.

Branding Features for Standard 8

Review the features you can add to your image to help add your own corporate branding to your device and remove some recognizable Windows 8 branding elements.

Lockdown Features for Standard 8

Learn how to use the features that enable you to provide a controlled and specialized experience for the end user of a device by limiting the ways in which the user can interact with the device.

Standard 8 lockdown and branding poster

Download the large-scale technical poster that describes how to add and configure lockdown and branding features in your Standard 8 operating system.

Migrate from Standard 7 to Standard 8

Determine changes that you may need to make to your image if you migrate from Windows Embedded Standard 7 to Standard 8.

Microsoft Software License Terms

Review the license agreement between you and Microsoft Corporation or, based on where you live, one of its affiliates that describes your rights to use Standard 8.

Customer Experience Improvement Program

Review the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP), a voluntary program that collects information about how customers use Standard 8 and some of the problems they encounter. Microsoft uses this information to improve the products and features customers use most and to help resolve issues.

Windows Embedded Product Overview

Review the broad overview of all Windows Embedded products to discover the one that best suits your needs.

Go back to the Windows Embedded 8 Standard library.

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