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What are the main differences between Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Windows 7 Pro for Embedded Systems?

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I need to conduct a training session with our sales team on the differences and why you would choose one OS over the other. I have to be able to explain why a customer would want to purchase Embedded Standard 7 or Win 7 Pro for Embedded Systems in layman’s terms. I’m finding it difficult to find details on the two operating systems.

My understanding is Windows 7 Pro for Embedded Systems is the same as the desktop version of Windows 7 Pro. Is that correct?

Some items I would like to know are:
•      Any limitations
•      What are the major differences
•      Why would you want to use one OS vs. the other

Any of your wisdom is greatly appreciated.
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Here is description of Windows 7 Standard for Embedded systems:
Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) is the fully embedded version of Windows 7. This version of Windows 7 was designed to allow OEMs to create and deploy devices using the same drivers and run the same application software as Windows 7.
Versions of WES 7

There are two versions of Windows Embedded Standard 7, “E” & “P” that are available in either 32-bit or 64-bit.
Building WES 7 Images

OEMs wishing to use WES 7 can build an image on their target platform by using bootable media with the Image Build Wizard (IBW). Using IBW for creating a basic image typically takes less than an hour, so validating that WES 7 is compatible with the OEM’s hardware and software is quick and easy. The Toolkit’s primary development program, Image Configuration Editor (ICE), allows OEMs to do advanced configuration changes.

This OS permits users to take advantage of unique capabilities known as Embedded Enabling Features. Using HORM (Hibernate Once Resume Many), the embedded operating system can boot quickly and valuable data can be protected from accidental corruption using EWF (Enhanced Write Filtering) and FBWF (File Based Write Filter).

The “P” version offers the richest set of components and features that enable advanced consumer and enterprise class devices. The WES7P SKU can include multi-touch, enhanced lockdown, enriched media capabilities and efficient network management using AppLocker, BitLocker and DirectAccess.
WES 7 Features

   
  • Reduced Footprint – as low as 4GB
  •    Real-Time – Real-time support available using third-party plug-in
  •    Low Cost - $103.80 per runtime license for “E”, $145 for “P”
  •    Development Tools – Windows Embedded Standard 7 Toolkit (cost $950)
  •    Processors – Support for multiple processor architectures: -x86 and -x64
  •    Typical Applications – Intelligent applications, networked media devices and servers, industrial controls, home automation gateways and gambling devices

And here for Windows 7 Pro Embedded Systems:
Windows 7 Professional for Embedded Systems (FES 7) provides infrastructure improvements that enable you to spend less time on day-to-day maintenance of embedded devices and more time adding value to applications. FES 7 Pro allows you to build in a familiar environment while improving existing or creating new embedded devices.
Features of FES 7 Pro include:

 
  •  Windows Security Center - Safeguards against malicious software attacks
  •    Windows Network Diagnostics Tools - Provide notifications long before you risk losing any important data
  •    Windows Backup and Restore Center - Helps protect your information even in the event of a catastrophic hardware failure
  •    Windows Touch - New Multi-Touch and gesture input technology
  •    Virtual Windows XP - Run legacy applications within Windows 7
  •    Sensor and Platform Location - Unified driver model for all types of sensors

Windows 7 Professional for Embedded Systems provides manageability, reliability and security features to ensure your embedded devices are always up-to-date, more secure and running smoothly. Built-in protection against malicious software, impending hardware failure notification and an array of sophisticated new backup technologies are just a few of the security features included in Windows FES 7 Pro.
Taken from here: http://www.avnetmssolutions.com/products
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Thank you for the detailed information. I appreciate you taking the time to reply to my question.
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You are welcome DahliaLady!
Have a nice weekend.
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