Windows® XP Embedded
A comparison between Windows® XP Embedded and Windows® XP Professional.
Windows® XP Embedded can be termed as a smaller component version of Windows® XP Professional. It brought about the best features of the Windows® XP Professional edition to the embedded devices. It is highly stable and brings out the features of the Windows® XP Professional system. Windows® XP Embedded uses the same base code as the Windows® XP operating system. It can be used in smaller, embedded devices to provide support with a rich environment that the Windows® operating system provides. Windows® XP Embedded has a few advantages, such as a low cost of development, high stability and reliability for the smaller embedded systems, and faster development time.
Windows® XP Embedded is a small-scale version and has been deployed in smaller embedded systems that don’t have a large amount of space or computing power. The comparison between Windows® XP Embedded and Windows® Professional with respect to their features is outlined below:
- Componentization of the Windows® modules
- Windows® File Protection
- Registration and Key activation
- Upgrades to different Windows® versions
Componentization of the Windows® modules
Windows® XP Embedded was developed exclusively for the embedded systems. It cannot be used on larger machines. It uses the same base code as used by the Windows® XP operating system. Since componentization is used, it does not leave a big footprint or need a large space to run. Since it is highly customized, many features and interactive help have been removed from the Windows® XP Embedded system.
Windows® File Protection
Windows® File Protection is a feature that is present in the Windows® XP Professional edition, but is not present in Windows® XP Embedded. This feature helps the files on the system from being overwritten. Windows® XP Embedded does not help or support system file protection. This may be an exception to Windows® XP Embedded as it can update itself easily, without the presence of the Windows® File Protection feature.
Windows® XP Embedded does not include an online activation or registration feature on the system. The Windows® XP Embedded Studio tool uses the run-time product key to activate the product after it has been installed on the system. The system does not use the standard Windows® Update to update the service pack of the system. It can receive and install updates through the Microsoft® Software Update Service (SUS).
While the Windows® XP Professional operating system can be upgraded to a different version of Windows®, this is not possible in the case of the Windows® XP Embedded system. The system files are not included within the Windows® XP Embedded system because the upgrades from it are not done in the same way. The Windows® Embedded system cannot be upgraded to the Windows® XP Professional system.