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4. In-Car Computers > 49. Install Windows on a CompactFlash Card

Install Windows on a CompactFlash Card

Microsoft’s XP Embedded OS can help you do what XP normally can’t—boot off a CompactFlash card.

The car PC community is constantly searching for hardware and software solutions to improve the system’s boot speed and reliability and reduce the physical size of the computer. One of these solutions is to build a system that boots off a CompactFlash (CF) drive. Flash storage is used in many commercial devices because it’s small, has no moving parts, uses less power than a hard drive, and holds up much better than a hard drive when exposed to vibration and extreme temperatures.

Using only a CF-to-IDE adapter (Google “CF to IDE”) and any off-the-shelf CF card (Figure 4-16), flash-based systems can be built relatively easily and affordably. One of the disadvantages of using flash, however, is that due to its construction it can withstand only a limited number of writes. This is fine for digital cameras, but since operating systems like to constantly thrash around on the hard drive with temporary files and virtual memory, flash requires special support by the operating system to filter out or completely disable these writes. Many users have turned to custom versions of Linux, while Windows users have had no viable option other than Windows CE or XP Embedded.


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