How to Add Hardware Information to a Configuration

Target Analyzer (Tap.exe) is a command-line tool that probes your target device's registry, and creates a Devices.pmq file that includes all the device drivers that are required to operate the target hardware. You can use this .pmq file to create a device macro component that you can easily add to, and remove from, a Windows XP Embedded configuration.

To track your progress in the following table, select the check box next to each step.

1. Review the hardware requirements for Windows XP Embedded.Target System Requirements
2. Boot the target device by using Windows XP, Windows 2000 Service Pack 2, or Windows PE, and running Target Analyzer.Running Target Analyzer


Detect Hardware Devices with Target Analyzer and Windows PE

3. Import the Devices.pmq file into an .sld file to create a device macro component.Creating a Component from a PMQ File in Windows XP Embedded Studio Help.
4. Import the device macro component into the database.Importing an Object into the Database in Windows XP Embedded Studio Help.
5. Start Target Designer and add the new macro component to your configuration.Adding a Component to a Configuration in Windows XP Embedded Studio Help.
6. (Optional) Optimize your footprint size by removing unneeded components.Remove Unnecessary Devices to Optimize Footprint
Note   Windows Embedded Studio also includes a real-mode 16-bit version of Target Analyzer, Ta.exe, which you can run with Microsoft MS-DOS. You should only use Ta.exe for 16-bit MS-DOS devices.

See Also

How-to Topics | Macro Components

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