Difference between Win2kPro & Win2k Embedded

October 21, 2009 at 21:16:56
Specs: Windows 2000
I wish to know the visual differences between the following two OS:
Windows 2000 Professional and
Windows 2000 Embedded.

How do i find out visually and programatically, which of the above two OS is installed on my system.

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October 22, 2009 at 16:31:38
Right click on My Computer and choose Properties. The OS version will be listed there in the General tab.

Google for Win2000 embedded to find out what it is if it turns out you have that.

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October 22, 2009 at 21:21:27
I have a OS installed on one system.The user claims that it is Windows 2k embedded. When i right click on MyComputer and check the properties, it displays Win2k Professional. When asked about this, the user replies saying that the two OS are bit-compatible for most part, so, even he is not aware of the differences between the two.
Also, I don't see any information (when was it launched in market etc...) on Google regarding Window 2000 embedded.

Any help on this will be appreciated.

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October 23, 2009 at 04:56:08
Did you Google? Sounds like embedded may be stripped of many drivers and may not run on different hardware than what it was designed for.

That shouldn't be a problem because you should be able to slipstream any necessary drivers.

Other than that I don't know anything about embedded.

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October 23, 2009 at 09:23:33
Wasn't too hard to find.

There was no 2000 embedded. XPe is embedded.


There was windows ce

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October 25, 2009 at 07:22:55
"Difference between Win2kPro & Win2k Embedded"

Win2K Pro = real

Win2K Embedded = fantasy

See above response.

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April 19, 2010 at 12:53:13
Win 2k embedded DO exists! I programmed layered drivers for EMC2 for three years in W2k-embedded platform. Wikipedia don't state anything about the no-existence of W2k-embedded, it only says that the predecessor of WES is WinXPe. The hint is in the first paragraph: "Windows Embedded operating systems are available to OEM system builders only, who make it available to end users pre-loaded with the hardware."
So W2k-embedded is only available to builders like EMC2 or Cisco who distributes it embedded in their carriers.

Answering to the initial question, they are the same thing, but you can't install or reinstall Win-x-embedded by the conventional way, it comes in special storage locations within the HW and with make-ups for the particular HW that make it more efficient than conventional Win.

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