March 19th, 2013 by
By Andy The
It remains the case that some developers are wary of running a Windows OS in their industrial applications. That’s understandable, as there are lingering bad memories about BSODs (desktop crashes) that occurred when using Standard Windows. What most users don’t realize is that the instability comes from Standard Windows being a open platform. Any 3rd party applications, hardware, and drivers can be loaded on Standard Window and it’s these 3rd party add ons that are the root causes of a vast majority of system crashes.
Using Windows Embedded is a way to avoid these types of crashes. Windows Embedded handles hardware and software in a different way than Standard Windows and allows the user to directly control features such as boot time, memory footprint, peripheral access, and 3rd party applications. In other words, with Windows Embedded you can configure the OS to be closed, insuring maximum reliability.
I encourage you to read Aaron Hand’s excellent article on Windows Embedded in the March 12, edition of Control Design in which he illustrates the key benefits of running Windows Embedded over Standard Windows.