WS7P vs WS7E – Flavours of Standard 7

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A frequent question is “what are the differences between the two flavours of WES 7?”

Here is a list:

  • Multilingual User Interface Packs in same image
  • Windows Touch
  • Tablet PC Support
  • Windows Media Center
  • Windows Defender
  • Windows Sideshow
  • BranchCache
  • DirectAccess
  • Applocker
  • Photo Viewer
  • Snipping tool
  • Sticky Notes
  • Windows Journal
  • Parental Control
  • Home Group
  • Home media streaming
  • Enterprise Search Scopes
  • Bitlocker
  • Bitlocker-to-go

I don’t think the lack of ability to be an RDP Host, the omission of “Consumer” or “Advanced Enterprise” features are too important across the broad spectrum of embedded devices. The 3 omissions from the lower-cost WS7E SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) that really matter are:

  • single image multi-language support
  • touch
  • security features including BitLocker and AppLocker

All highly desirable features in kiosk, POS, and other interactive application types such as industrial automation which means that most of our customers will be needing WS7P.

If you’re creating a Kiosk or Signage application using WES7, we have the perfect tiny, fanless Atom-based system or 4″ Atom board for your target.

[Edit – people have been asking for a detailed components list now that it is no longer to be found on MSDN. Here goes:]

Windows Embedded Standard Component List:

Catalog - WES OS 12/10/2010WS7EWS7PWS7C

Applications and Services Development

.Net Framework:
.Net Framework 3.5 SP1
.NET Framework 2.0 Client Profile
.NET Framework 3.0
.NET Framework 3.0 Client Profile
.NET Framework 3.5
.NET Framework 3.5 Client Profile
Remote Connections
Remote Desktop Connection
Remote Desktop Protocol 7.0
Remote Desktop Protocol 7.1
Remote Desktop Host
Application Support
COM OLE Application Support
COM+ Application Support
Windows Application Compatibility
Win32 Application Runtimes and Libraries

Internet Services

Internet Explorer 8.0
Internet Explorer 8 Browser
Internet Explorer 8 Engine and Display
Internet Explorer 8 Foundation
Internet Information Services - IIS
IIS 7.0
Windows Process Activation Service


Consumer applications
Create and Play DVDs
Windows Defender
Mobility Center
Windows Sideshow
Snipping tool
Sticky Notes
Windows Journal
Parental Control
Home Group
Home media streaming, including Play To
Photo Viewer
Remote media streaming
Windows Media Center

Core OS

CPU support
32 bit support
64 bit support
Devices and Printers
Device Stage
Device Framework
Device User Experience
Driver Frameworks
Fax and Scan
Printing Utilities and Management
Location Aware printing
Sensor and Location Platform
System Services
Advanced File System
Core File System
File and Folder Synchronization
File Compression Utility
Remote Client
Simplified Message Block (SMB)
Remote Procedure Call
Windows Installer

File Systems and Data Store

Data Access and Storage
Windows Data Access
Windows Data Access Components
Windows Data Access Components - SQL
Data Integrity
Shadow Copy Volume Interface
Shadow Copy Volume Service
Windows Side by Side


Common Diagnostic Tools
Performance Monitoring
Problem Reports and Solutions

Advanced Enterprise features

Enterprise Features
Enterprise Search Scopes
Windows XP Mode


Bitmap Fonts
Japanese Fonts
Japanese Supplemental Fonts
Korean Fonts
Korean Supplemental Fonts
Middle East, South East and South Asian Fonts
Middle East, South East and South Asian Supplemental Fonts
Simplified Chinese Fonts
Simplified Chinese Supplemental Fonts
Traditional Chinese Fonts
Traditional Chinese Supplemental Fonts
TrueType Fonts
Western Fonts
Western Supplemental Fonts

Graphics and Multimedia Technologies

Graphics and Multimedia
Dolby Digital Plus Codecs (license required)
MPEG Layer-2 (MPEG2) Codecs (license required)
MPEG Layer-3 (MP3) Codecs (license required)
MPEG Layer-4 (MPEG4) Codecs (license required)
Windows Media Video VC-1 (WMV) Codecs(license required)
Audio and Video Engines and Media Foundation
DirectX and Windows Device Experience
Graphics Platform
Image Mastering API V2
Media Player
Windows Media Player 12


IME Base Components
IME Japanese Support
IME Korean Support
IME Simplified Chinese Support
IME Traditional Chinese Support
International Components and Language Services
Language Pack Setup
Multilingual User Interface Packs in same image

Device Management

Group Policy Management
Microsoft Management Console (MMC)
System Management Administrative Tools
System Management Utilities
Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
Windows Update
Windows Update Standalone Installer
Windows Update User Interface
Backup and Restore
Direct Boot from VHD
Boot from CD/DVD
Join a Domain
Offline Folders
Power Management
Windows PowerShell 2.0

Communication Services and Networking

Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP)
Internet Authentication Service
Networking Base
Networking Foundation
Telnet Server
Device Connectivity
Domain Services
Networking protocols
Network Access Protection
Network and Sharing Center
Network Diagnostics
Peer Networking
Quality of Service
Remote Access Service (RAS)
Remote Boot
Small Networking Services
Telephony API Client
Windows Firewall
Wireless Networking


Credential Roaming Service
Credentials and Certificate Management
Windows Authorization Manager (AZMAN)
Windows Security Center
Active Directory Rights Management
Security Base
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Management
Bitlocker Secure Startup
Encrypted File System (EFS)


Image Configuration Editor (ICE)
Image Based Wizard (IBW)

Shell and User Interface

User Interface
Embedded Core Help Content
Help and Support Engine
Remote Assistance
Speech and Text
Speech Chinese Simplified
Speech Chinese Traditional
Speech French
Speech German
Speech Japanese
Speech Spanish
Speech UK English
Speech US English
Application User Experience
Shell Controls and UI Support Functions
Command Prompt Shell with Custom Shell Support
Shell Foundation
Windows Explorer Shell
Windows Explorer Shell Resources
System Control Panel
Action Center
Windows Aero™ user interface with Glass
Aero Background
Windows Flip
Windows Flip 3D
Live Taskbar Thumbnails
Multiple Monitor Support
Natural Language 6
Search Indexing
Text Services Framework
User Account Control
Windows Mobility Center
Windows Search
Windows Taskbar & Jump Lists
Tablet PC Support
Windows Touch (Multi-touch support)

Embedded Features

Embedded Features
Boot from USB Stick
SD Boot
Dialog Box Filter
Write Filter technology
Enhanced Write Filter
File Based Write Filter (FBWF)
Hibernate Once Resume Many (HORM-EEF)
Hide Boot Screens
Custom Logon Desktop Background Images
Custom Shell Support (EEF)
Message Box Default Reply
Notification & Popup suppression (EEF)
OEM Branding Experience (EEF)
RAM Disk Controller
Registry Filter
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
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