Storage (Compact 7)


Windows Embedded Compact provides the following data storage functionality:

  • File system drivers for systems, such as FAT file system, exFAT file system, the RAM (object store) file system, and compact disk file system (CDFS) or universal disc file system (UDFS).
  • Support for installing a custom file system.
  • Databases, including databases based on SQL Server Compact Edition.
  • Support for installing or creating file system filters for applications such as security and encryption.
  • System registry for storing data about applications, drivers, user preferences, and other configuration settings.

For more information about functionality that helps preserve security of stored data, see Security for Windows Embedded Compact.

Bootpart Reference

Describes Bootpart library programming elements.


Describes support for storage, access, and sorting of property-set records.

Disk Cache Manager Reference

Describes functions for managing disk caching.

File Systems

Describes the files systems supported by Windows Embedded Compact.

File I/O Reference

Describes file I/O programming elements.

File Mapping Reference

Describes file mapping programming elements.

FSD Reference

Describes file system driver (FSD) and File System Disk Manager (FSDMGR) programming elements.

Object Store

Describes the object store, which provides persistent storage for applications and application data after a device is powered off.


Describes the Windows Embedded Compact registry, which stores data about applications, drivers, user preferences, and other configuration settings.

Storage Management

Describes storage management, which handles external storage such as all file systems and block drivers.

User Management Reference

Describes file systems programming elements for user management.

Other Resources