Detect Hardware Devices with Target Analyzer and Windows PE

Windows PE uses Plug and Play to enumerate the hardware on your target device. Target Analyzer (Tap.exe) can then use the enumerated list to create the devices.pmq file. You can use Windows PE to run Target Analyzer without having a supported operating system or hard drive installed on your target device.

Running Tap.exe in the Windows PE environment usually results in a minimal PMQ or hardware profile of the target system. This leads to a minimal configuration run-time image.

The following table shows the differences in the number of devices that Tap.exe will detect on various environments.

Device Full desktop environment Windows PE environment
Windows XP Pro or Windows 2000 Desktop 65-75 devices 35-45 devices
Windows XP Pro or Windows 2000 Laptop 90-100 devices 45-55 devices

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 18, 2006

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