Windows Embedded Standard 7

Windows Embedded Standard 7

Created by Microsoft, Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) delivers the power, familiarity and reliability of the Windows 7 operating system in a form that’s designed for thin clients and other devices in retail, hospitality and many other markets.

Windows 7 compatibility

Windows Embedded Standard 7 is compatible with Win32 and .NET applications – and integrates with Microsoft Enterprise Server and tools. Windows Embedded Standard 7 can use off-the-shelf hardware and drivers.

Windows Embedded Standard 7


File-based Write Filter

File-based Write Filter (FBWF) protects thin clients at the file level – it helps to maintain a stateless disk, by redirecting disk writes on a protected file system to a memory cache. When the thin client is rebooted, all file data is lost and the user’s workplace reverts back to the original disk.

Power management

Windows Embedded Standard 7 includes enhanced support for processor power management, so that the operating system can actively work to keep the thin client’s power consumption to the minimum.

Directory Services

Directory Services manages the name and address relationship of connected devices within a networked infrastructure. It also provides security and access control, including integration with Access Control Lists.


Windows Embedded Standard 7 Shell includes an improved taskbar, full-screen previews, jump lists (for example, to reach recently used files), snaps (which allow users to grab a window and pull it to the side of a screen for it to automatically fill half of the screen), and Windows Aero – a rich, immersive user interface.

Device management

Windows Embedded Standard 7 offers one single place to connect, manage and use printers and devices such as phones. Device Stage helps users interact with any compatible device connected to the thin client.

File system

Windows Embedded Standard 7 features enhanced disk management functionality, such as the ability to shrink a volume to free up space (previously, volumes had to be deleted in order to make more space available).


Windows Embedded Standard 7 is equipped with Windows Media Player, which allows end-users to right-click on what they would like to hear and select ‘Play To’ in order to see a list of devices and systems, such as a network-connected player, on which they can play media. In most cases, if the media receiver doesn’t support a certain file format, Windows 7 will automatically convert that content into a format that the media receiver can play.

Installed services

Windows Embedded Standard 7 includes the Microsoft .NET Framework, Remote Desktop, and Microsoft Management Console.

Unified Background Process Manager

The Unified Background Process Manager manages both tasks and services. UBPM brings cohesive behaviour for tasks and services and adds value in serviceability because both Task Scheduler and services automatically benefit from updates made to the UBPM engine.


BitLocker Drive Encryption, integrated with the operating system, addresses the threats of data theft or exposure from lost, stolen or inappropriately decommissioned computers.