Configuration Sets (Standard 8)


Review configuration sets in Windows Embedded 8 Standard (Standard 8).

A configuration set is a subset of a catalog that you create by using Image Configuration Editor (ICE). A configuration set exports the binaries referenced in the configuration file and puts them into a self-contained file set that is available from the unattend.xml file. You can create a configuration set after a configuration file has been validated and saved. Configuration sets are useful when a network share is not available because their smaller size allows you to store configuration sets on removable media to use in the field.

A configuration set contains a complete collection of files, drivers, applications, updates and configuration files you use to customize Windows Embedded 8 Standard (Standard 8) installations. A configuration set contains all the required binaries packaged with an associated configuration file.

The benefits of using configuration sets for unattended installations are:

  • A configuration set is a smaller and more portable version of a catalog, which can be several gigabytes. You can use configuration sets to install Windows Embedded 8 Standard (Standard 8) operating systems in the field.
  • A configuration set is completely self-contained and has no references outside the file set.
  • A configuration set can be duplicated and then edited for each device model you manufacture and release.
If you use a configuration set during Image Builder, all the contents at the root of the media where the configuration file exists are copied to the Standard 8 installation. If many folders and files exist at this level, installation might slow down and, in some cases, you might run out of disk space.