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Windows XP Embedded Step by Step Paperback – January 1, 2003

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About the Author

James Beau Cseri has extensive experience in embedded Microsoft operating systems. Over the course of the last several years he has taught dozens of engineers how to develop with Windows CE 3.0, Windows NT Embedded 4.0, and Windows XP Embedded. Currently an independent consultant, Mr. Cseri was an embedded engineer and class instructor for Annasoft Systems and A7 Engineering. Mr. Cseri received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Annabooks/Rtc Books (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929392736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929392738
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,306,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2004
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I was very disappointed with the contents of this book. The information presented here can all be found in the readme files on the Embedded XP CD, in the development tool's help files, or on the microsoft website [...]

If you are looking for details about some of the 10,000 components in the XP Embedded component database, this book does not have anything.

If you want all the installation and tool operation information in one place, this book is for you. If you want more in depth information about what the XP embedded components do, save your money.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Greg Surbey on June 6, 2003
This is by far one of the most clearly written and explanatory books that you can find on Widows XPE in the tech sector. It is also unfortunately like the ONLY book find on Widows XPE in the tech sector. And although this book does a grand job getting you past the beginning stages of building your own XPE, it is only good for getting you started. Granted this is not a problem with the book, but more a problem with the availability of information on XPE. Which is to say, there is close to none. For instance I have found no expert material on how to convert a third party device driver in an InstallShield package into your own driver component. nVIDIA's Detonator drivers are a good example of this. It is not as simple as importing an .inf file (which is the answer this book will give you), because there are many errors that show up. Making third party device drivers into components is something that should be made very expertly clear as I'm sure anyone working with XPE will have a need to do it on almost any new build.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kevin on July 10, 2004
This book falls somewhere between "The most USELESS book..." and a book that is not detailed enough to really use. For beginners yes, its probably a good start, although XPe is not for beginners, it for serious programmers that need to crowbar XP into small things. I ordered this book and "Windows XP Advanced" by Sean D. Liming, and found that "Windows XP Advanced" was all that is needed.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2003
While there are shortcomings in any book, the review below is manifestly unfair and wildly off the mark. To suggest that the book is "useless" while at the same time failing to back up these statements with any detail at all, is unacceptable. The author has a great deal of experience teaching the official Microsoft curriculum for Windows XP Embedded, and selected exercises that teach the most useful fundamentals. Does it cover every aspect of XPE? In 240 pages? Of course not. This wasn't the purpose of the book. The purpose of the book was to give newcomers to XPE a thorough introduction to key concepts of the OS and teach them, step by step, how to perform common implementations.
Want to build a headless system? That's Exercise 10. Want to implement Enhanced Write Filter and boot from CD ROM? That's Exercises 12 and 13. Create a custom component? Exercise 15.
To suggest that the book "doesn't include anything that can be usefull [sic] when developing with/for Windows XPe" (especially to someone who has never tried to boot XPE from CD ROM) is ludicrous - check the XPE newsgroups and you will see that many of the questions posed by newbies can be answered by completing the exercises.
Sometimes books get a bad review and that's fine, but unsubstantiated flames cannot go unanswered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Gallagher on March 15, 2003
Excellent!! Buy this book if you want to shorten the learning curve for XPE developing. The exercises and material complement eachother very well.
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