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    FRONT end IDea.

    Instead of designing an interface as a whole, why not design a front end shell, like Litestep and what not. YOu can create your own interface and make it part of windows instead of running a program on top of windows shell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Custommx3
    Instead of designing an interface as a whole, why not design a front end shell, like Litestep and what not. YOu can create your own interface and make it part of windows instead of running a program on top of windows shell.
    Why not? - New frontend software concept

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    litestep shmitestep. There is no reason why not, if you have the time to set everything up. You'd want to use XP embedded though. You would get a much quicker boot time
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    xp embedded doesn't boot much faster from what i played w/it

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    that's strange. Everything I've read about it here has lead me to believe that it should, when configured correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robiewp
    that's strange. Everything I've read about it here has lead me to believe that it should, when configured correctly.
    You know, I thought that too, I just tried out the eval copy, and it didn't seem to boot noticably faster even with nothing loaded. It was barebones as could get as far as I could tell. Oh well, embedded doesn't seem to be the way to go for us anyway, since most of use are using so much of our computers for so many things. Now that being said, I only spent about 4 hours messing with winXPE and didn't read every manual. Maybe someone will come out with the perfect xpembedded iso for us and we can dish out 50 bucks each. Until then, maybe embedded linux???

    I thought xp media center edition might float my boat too, but it didn't. Took even longer to boot. the media center front end though is about as good as you can get for media playing , nice interface, and it even alt-tabs out too.

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    yea, XPMC and XPE didnt boot faster that my cut down XP pro
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    Quote Originally Posted by Custommx3
    yea, XPMC and XPE didnt boot faster that my cut down XP pro
    Absolutelly. Its boot time is comparable to XP, if you include networking and multimedia. Well if you decide not to include network, IE, directx, mediaplayer, DVD and TV capabilities, use light logon and comamand line shell only, you can get about 60 megs footprint and faster boot times. Butt. what would you do with such crippled install in multimedia enviroment such as carpc's?
    The only handy thing on WinXPE is EWF - enhanced write filter which will allow you to boot from read-only devices (like CD-ROMS), its very handy if you want to use Compact flash to boot from (to avoid flames - not because boot time, but because CF can not fail due to head crash).However, after cosirably long time spent by playing with WinPXE, I will definitelly switch to Linux built from scratch as embedded (ucLinux 2.4.24 kernel, Epia patches, ucLibc, tinylogin and busybox). Currently I have 6 megs footprint and 4 secs. boot time, excluding P.O.S.T. The only 2 thinks are not solved very well yet under Linux - frontend (dashPC 2.4 is still in development) and Linux GPS software (no way to Wine anything) with European maps.

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