Packages (Standard 7 SP1)

7/8/2014

Windows Embedded Standard 7 consists of Windows Embedded Core and many packages that contain all functionality available in the Windows 7 Ultimate operating system. A package is a part of the operating system (OS) that contains the files, resources, and settings required for specific functionality.

Note

In Standard 7, a package is the smallest unit of functionality that can be added or removed from an image.

Each package is available for both x86 and AMD64 architectures.

Categories

Standard 7 assigns each package a category that describes the feature area of the package. An example of a category is Diagnostics or Graphics and Multimedia. Standard 7 uses categories to organize and display packages in the Image Configuration Editor user interface.

Package Types

The following table shows the package types available in Standard 7.

Package Type

Package Contents

Example

Feature Pack

A collection of related Standard 7 components that implement a specific OS functionality.

  • Internet Explorer Engine Package
  • Internet Explorer Core Package
  • Windows Accessories Package

Language Pack

Resources for a specific language or locale that have been fully or partially localized.

  • de-DE Language Pack
  • en-US Language Pack
  • es-ES Language Pack
  • fr-FR Language Pack
  • it-IT Language Pack
  • jp-JP Language Pack
  • ko-KR Language Pack
  • ru-RU Language Pack
  • zh-CN Language Pack
  • zh-TW Language Pack

Driver Pack

Non-core inbox drivers for a device or group of devices.

  • ATI Display Driver
  • Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver for Windows
  • NVIDIA Display Driver
  • Virtual Machine Bus Video Device Driver

Embedded Enabling Feature (EEF)

Files and resources for an Embedded Enabling Feature.

  • File-based Write Filter Package
  • USB Boot Package

Windows Update

Software update that contains security or performance improvements for Standard 7.

  • Critical Windows Update Package

Packages are contained in .cab files that are digitally signed by Microsoft.

Note

Third-party applications, out-of-box drivers, and Standard 7 service packs are not packages. So, they do not have a package type and are added and removed from images differently than packages.

Feature Sets

Most packages are a member of a feature set. This is a group of packages where all the packages either make up or improve the same functionality. Two examples of a feature set are Internet Explorer and Wireless Networking.

Families

A few packages are a member of a family. This is a set of packages where each package has similar functionality to all the other packages. Two examples of a family are Login Shells or Windows Media Player Skins.

Dependencies

Frequently, a package depends on another package or multiple packages. A package can have a dependency on packages, families, or both. To learn more about package dependencies in Standard 7, see Dependencies.

Working with Packages

Packages can be added or removed from Standard 7 while you are designing the image or after the image has been deployed. Different tools are available to work with packages at different stages, depending on the package type.

Stage

Tool

Package Type

Designing Your Image: Image Builder

Image Builder Wizard

  • Feature Package
  • Language Pack
  • EEF Package
  • Windows Update Package

Designing Your Image: Image Builder

Drvload

  • Driver Pack

Designing Your Image: Image Builder in unattended mode

Image Configuration Editor

  • Feature Package
  • Language Pack
  • EEF Package
  • Driver Pack
  • Windows Update Package

Servicing Your Image: Online

Lpksetup.exe

  • Language Pack

Servicing Your Image: Online

Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) with Image Configuration Editor

  • Feature Package
  • Language Pack
  • EEF Package
  • Driver Pack
  • Windows Update Package

Servicing Your Image: Offline

Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) with Image Configuration Editor and ImageX

  • Feature Package
  • Language Pack
  • EEF Package
  • Driver Pack
  • Windows Update Package

See Also

Concepts

Embedded Core (eCore)