Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro vs. We8S, WES7 and WES2009

Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro is not a componentized version any more like Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 or 2009. Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro is based on the binaries from Windows 8.1 Professional.

Windows Embedded Standard 7 is based on the Windows 7 kernel.

Windows Embedded 8 Standard is based on the Windows 8.0 kernel.

Product Matrix

Feature

Windows Embedded Standard 2009

Windows Embedded Standard 7, WS7E 

Windows Embedded Standard 7, WS7P

Windows Embedded 8 Standard

Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro

Key Windows 7 Components (in-the-box)

Internet Explorer 7
Windows Media Player 11
Remote Desktop Protocol 6.1
.NET Framework 3.0
Later releases of IE, WMP, RDP and .NET available on Embedded Communications Extranet (ECE)/ Microsoft OEM Online (MOO)

Internet Explorer 8
Windows Media Player 12
Remote Desktop Protocol 7.0
.NET Framework 3.5 SP1

Internet Explorer 8
Windows Media Player 12
Remote Desktop Protocol 7.0
.NET Framework 3.5 SP1

Internet Explorer 10
Windows Media Player 12
Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0
.NET Framework 4.5

Internet Explorer 11
Windows Media Player 12
Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0
.NET Framework 4.5

Processor and Hardware Support

32-bit (x86)

Minimum 126MB storage and 256MB RAM

32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64)

Minimum 2GB storage and 512MB RAM

32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64)

Minimum 3GB storage and 512MB RAM

32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64)

Minimum 3GB storage and 1GB RAM

32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64)

Minimum 6GB storage and 1GB RAM

Image Build Tools

Embedded Studio Toolkit:
Target Designer
Component Designer
DB Manager
Target Analyzer
SDI support

Windows Embedded Studio:
Image Builder Wizard
Image Configuration Editor
Target Analyzer
Windows 7 WIM support
Search
Better performance
Easier third-party software and driver integration
XML image configuration

Windows Embedded Studio:
Image Builder Wizard
Image Configuration Editor
Target Analyzer
Windows 7 WIM support
Search
Better performance
Easier third-party software and driver integration
XML image configuration

Windows Embedded Studio:
Image Builder Wizard
Image Configuration Editor
Target Analyzer
Windows WIM support
Search
Better performance
Easier third-party software and driver integration
XML image configuration

Normal installation

OS Building Blocks

OS components ~1000
Driver components ~9000

OS feature sets ~150
Driver packages ~500
Embedded Core

OS feature sets ~150
Driver packages ~500
Embedded Core

OS feature sets ~150
Driver packages ~500
Embedded Core

Not componentized

Image Build Model

Image is configured and assembled on developer machine
Image is deployed to device
Adding features requires an image refresh
Component database and repository

Image configured on device or on developer machine
Image is assembled on the device
Features can be added post-build directly to device
Distribution share to hold files and packages

Image configured on device or on developer machine
Image is assembled on the device
Features can be added post-build directly to device
Distribution share to hold files and packages

Image configured on device or on developer machine
Image is assembled on the device
Features can be added post-build directly to device
Catalog to hold files and packages

Installation direct on target machine. (Cloning possible)

Image Footprint

Minimum image size ~100 MB

Minimum image size ~1,5GB

Minimum image size ~2GB

Minimum image size ~3GB

Minimum image size ~6GB

Deployment Methods

PXE Boot, Remote installation
Windows Pre-installation Environment (WinPE) 1.0
CD/DVD boot & USB Boot
Remote Boot

Windows Deployment Servicing (WDS)
WinPE 3.1 or latest
CD/DVD boot & USB Boot

Windows Deployment Servicing (WDS)
WinPE 3.1 or latest
CD/DVD boot & USB Boot

Windows Deployment Servicing (WDS)
WinPE 4 or latest
CD/DVD boot & USB Boot

Windows Deployment Servicing (WDS)
WinPE 4 or latest
CD/DVD boot & USB Boot

Servicing

OEM Servicing
Device Manual Servicing

OEM Servicing
Device Manual Servicing
Device Automatic Servicing (Windows Update)

OEM Servicing
Device Manual Servicing
Device Automatic Servicing (Windows Update)

OEM Servicing
Device Manual Servicing
Device Automatic Servicing (Windows Update)

OEM Servicing
Device Manual Servicing
Device Automatic Servicing (Windows Update)

Embedded Enabling Features

Enhanced Write Filter, File-Based Write Filter, Registry Filter
CD/DVD boot & USB Boot
Custom shell support
Device Update Agent

Enhanced Write Filter, File-Based Write Filter, Registry Filter
USB Boot
Improved custom shell support
OEM branding experience
Notification & Popup suppression

Enhanced Write Filter, File-Based Write Filter, Registry Filter
USB Boot
Improved custom shell support
OEM branding experience
Notification & Popup suppression

Unified Enhanced Write Filter, File-Based Write Filter, Registry Filter
USB Filter, Keyboard Filter,
Improved custom shell support
OEM branding experience
Notification/Dialog & Popup suppression

Unified Enhanced Write Filter, File-Based Write Filter, Registry Filter
USB Filter, Keyboard Filter,
Improved custom shell support
OEM branding experience
Notification/Dialog & Popup suppression

Key Distinguishing Features

Advanced power management
Fast boot/Shutdown
Location & other sensors
Aero glass & Aero background
Direct boot from VHD

Advanced power management
Fast boot/Shutdown
Location & other sensors
Aero glass & Aero background
Direct boot from VHD

Advanced power management
Fast boot/Shutdown
Location & other sensors
Modern style User Interface
Direct boot from VHD

Advanced power management
Fast boot/Shutdown
Location & other sensors
Modern style User Interface
Direct boot from VHD

Localization and Language Packs

OS image
Documentation (localized into a subset of languages)

OS image (partial)
Documentation
Language-neutral design separates localized resources completely

OS image (partial)
Documentation
Language-neutral design separates localized resources completely

OS image (partial)
Documentation
Language-neutral design separates localized resources completely

OS image (partial)
Documentation
Language-neutral design separates localized resources completely

Activation

Not required

Not required

Not required

Required

Required

Enterprise Connectivity

Full certified IPv6 support

Full certified IPv6 support

Full certified support

Full certified support

Advanced Remote Connectivity

DirectAccess
BranchCache

DirectAccess
BranchCache

DirectAccess
BranchCache

Advanced Data Security

Bitlocker & Bitlocker to Go
Applocker

Bitlocker & Bitlocker to Go
Applocker

Bitlocker & Bitlocker to Go
Applocker

High-end device support

64-bit CPU support

64-bit CPU support

64-bit CPU support

64-bit CPU support

Consumer Features

HomeGroup
Windows Media Center
Windows Sideshow
Remote Assistance
Anti-Malware
PhotoViewer
Parental Control

HomeGroup
Windows Store
Remote Assistance
Anti-Malware
PhotoViewer
Parental Control

HomeGroup
Windows Store
Remote Assistance
Anti-Malware
PhotoViewer
Parental Control

Customer Connection to the Product Team

Links to team blogs and forums

Support for Software Quality Metrics (SQM) in developer tools
Links to forums, MSDN and product team blogs

Support for Software Quality Metrics (SQM) in developer tools
Links to forums, MSDN and product team blogs

Support for Software Quality Metrics (SQM) in developer tools
Links to forums, MSDN and product team blogs

Support for Software Quality Metrics (SQM) in developer tools
Links to forums, MSDN and product team blogs