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System Requirements

You have several options for setting up your development tools and component database, depending on whether you want to set up a single user or a team environment. For more information, see Installation Options.

Whether you install the development tools and component database on the same or different computers, there are minimum hardware and operating system requirements for running Windows® Embedded Studio for Windows XP Embedded.

Before you install Windows XP Embedded:

  • Back up important data and applications stored on your computer.
  • Disable or uninstall antivirus applications that are running.
  • (Optional) Set up a free logical disk on your development system if you plan to deploy your run-time image on your development system for testing purposes.
  • Have your Windows XP Embedded installation discs and product identification key available.

Make sure your development system meets the requirements shown in the following table:

Installation optionRequirements
Development tools only
  • Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Service Pack (SP) 4 or later, or Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5.5 or later recommended
  • 500 megahertz (MHz) CPU
  • 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM minimum, 256 MB or more recommended
  • 20 MB free disk space required
  • Network connection to shared component database
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • VGA or higher resolution monitor, 1024 x 768 resolution recommended
  • Microsoft mouse or compatible pointing device
Development tools and component database on a single computer
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 SP 4 or later, or Windows XP Professional
  • 728 MHz CPU
  • 512 MB of RAM minimum, 1 gigabyte or more recommended
  • 3.43 GB free disk space required
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • VGA or higher resolution monitor, 1024 x 768 resolution recommended
  • Microsoft mouse or compatible pointing device
Shared component database in a team environment
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4 or later recommended, or Windows XP Professional
  • 500 MHz CPU
  • 128 MB of RAM minimum, recommended 256 MB or more
  • 3.43 gigabyte (GB) free disk space required
  • Network connection
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • Microsoft mouse or compatible pointing device

See Also

Installation Guide


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