Windows IoT – Microsoft Windows Embedded Operating System

Windows IoT - Microsoft Windows Embedded Operating

Windows Embedded and Windows IoT

As an official Microsoft Embedded Windows Partner we have been implementing Operating Systems on embedded hardware for our customers for over 30 years. From the early RTOS days of OS-9 on the Motorola Processor range through Windows NT embedded, XP, 7, 8 and Windows 10 Embedded. We offer standard configurations where we  provide a ready to run O/S environments for embedded versions of Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 IoT. Customers can also decide upon the level of customisation they want where all their user accounts, software and application configurations are all fully pre-installed (including Windows Updates). BVM image services are fully supported, inclusive of maintenance services whenever required for your products lifetime.

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What is Windows IoT?

Windows 10 IoT is a member of the Windows 10 family that brings enterprise-class power, security and manageability to the Internet of Things. It leverages Windows’ embedded experience, ecosystem and cloud connectivity, allowing organizations to create their Internet of Things with secure devices that can be quickly provisioned, easily managed, and seamlessly connected to an overall cloud strategy.

How to get started

The Windows 10 IoT platform has two editions, each is optimized for specific scenarios. They both share the security, manageability and cloud connectivity you expect from Windows. Building a device is as easy as building an app.

Windows 10 Core

Windows 10 Enterprise

Windows IoT Core

A fully optimised version of Windows that enables building smaller footprint, connected devices that still deliver the same security and management capabilities customers expect from Windows.

Windows IoT Enterprise

A Full version of Windows 10 with advanced lockdown capabilities powering a range of industry devices across retail, manufacturing, health, government or any other industries.

Windows 10 IoT Core, Read more on Microsoft website.
Windows 10 IoT Core Services, Read more on the Microsoft website.
Windows 10 IoT enterprise, Learn more on the Microsoft website.
  • Single UWP Application experience
  • Lower power silicon
  • 256MB RAM, 2GB storage | X86 or ARM
  • Rich user experience
  • Win32 & UWP Applications
  • 2GB RAM, 16 GB Storage | X86 or X64

Windows 10 IOT Comparison*


IoT Core

IoT Enterprise LTSC and SAC**

User Experience Single UWP app running at startup with supporting background apps & services Traditional Windows Shell with Advanced Lockdown Features
Headless supported Yes Yes
App Architecture supported UWP only UWP & Win32
Cortana Yes (display required) Yes
Domain Join Azure Active Directory (AAD) only AAD & Traditional Domain Join
Management Mobile Device Management (MDM) MDM & Traditional Agent Based (e.g. SCCM)
Device Security Technologies Secure Boot, TPM, BitLocker, Device Guard, Windows as a Service, Windows Firewall & Device Health Attestation Same as IoT Core and Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)
CPU Architecture support X86, x64 & ARM x86 & x64
Licensing Online licensing terms agreement and Embedded OEM Agreements, Royalty Free Direct and Indirect Embedded OEM Agreements
Usage Scenarios Digital signage Smart building IoT Gateway HMI Smart home Wearables Industry tablets Point of Sale Kiosk Digital signage ATM Medical devices Manufacturing devices Thin client
Which Version to Choose? For devices that only run a single application, manufacturers should investigate using IoT Core For devices that require desktop functionality, multiple apps or access to desktop apps (e.g. Win32, WPF)

*This feature list is not exhaustive but intended to highlight edition differences
** Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is Windows 10 Enterprise with different licensing and distribution

Windows IoT – Configuration, Integration and Deployment

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From the early RTOS days of OS-9, through to the advent of Windows Embedded with Windows NT Embedded, Windows XP Embedded (XPe), Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) and Windows 8.1 Embedded – and our latest implementations with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise – our abilities in being able to provide generic or tailored configurations of  Windows Embedded O/S images provides our customers with a helping hand around their embedded system design projects.

We like to make life easier ….

Our supporting team have all worked in an embedded environment for a number of years, consequently providing knowledge, experience and good advice around all BVM’s products & services when and where you need it. We don’t profess to know everything you need at the time  – but we’ll always help in the first instance and get back to you when a little more information is required.

You can either call us directly on +(0) 1489 780 144 and talk to one of the team | E-mail us at | Use the contact form on our website

BVM Design and Manufacturing Services: The manufacturer behind the solutions you know

When a standard embedded design won’t suffice for what you need, you can always turn to BVM for help and use our custom design and manufacturing services.