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29Mar/119

Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) Community Technology Preview (CTP) is now available.

The successor to WinFLP (Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs) , Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) , is now available as a Community Technology Preview (CTP). It’s especially interesting because of RemoteFX.

Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) is a smaller footprint version of Windows 7 that allows customers to repurpose existing PCs as thin clients without requiring the VDA license to access VDI desktops. WinTPC replaces WinFLP.  In addition, WinTPC will offer:

  • Rich VDI experience through support for RemoteFX
  • Improved end point security by denying certain disk writes via filters
  • Enterprise-grade management support through System Center

WinTPC is available as an .iso file.  Windows Thin PC is based on Windows 7 and benefits from many of the new features available in Windows 7 that are sure to enhance Thin PC deployments, including:

Security Enhancements
Building upon the security enhancements of Windows 7, Windows Thin PC responds to the enterprise’s need to make the system more manageable and to contain the right security enhancements to help combat the continually evolving threat landscape. While not an exhaustive list, there are a number of features that will help to better secure your device, including AppLocker, BitLocker, Enhanced Auditing, and Streamlined User Account Control. For additional information about the Security Enhancements, please refer to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd548337(WS.10).aspx.

Power Management
Today, more organizations are focusing on power management as a way of reducing costs. Windows 7 power-management technologies provide platform and processor efficiencies that reduce power consumption, helping lower energy costs. The following video will provide an introduction to some of the power management features available to Windows Thin PC: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/ee524728.

Embedded Enhancements
In addition to Windows 7 functionality, Windows Thin PC has incorporated a number of embedded specific enhancements to help lock down public facing devices, including Write Filters for creating stateless or semi-stateless environments, suppression of unwanted dialog message boxes, and a keyboard filter for suppressing unwanted keystrokes such as CTRL+ALT+DEL, ALT+F4, Windows+L, as well as custom defined keystroke combinations.

Hardware Requirements
Recommended Hardware Configuration
- 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 GB RAM, 16 GB available hard disk space
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or later version driver
- Bootable DVD-ROM drive

NOTE: Microsoft recommends that you install Windows Thin PC on a computer that has at least 16 GB of available disk space. Various features in Windows Thin PC can quickly increase the disk space requirements. For optimal performance of the hard disk, you need at least 15 percent free space at all times and sufficient space for the paging file, which might be up to two times the size of the system’s RAM.

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  1. where is the download?

  2. Is it actually confirmed that WinTPC will support Win7Enterprise-only features such as applocker?

    • I think so. I have not tested myself. The reason why I think so is because WinTPC is a SA benefit and you can only get SA on Enterprise and Ultimate.

  3. It just plain cheeses me off that this can’t be had for anything remotely resembling a humane cost per unit. It would be perfect to leverage the old clunker boxes I have laying around into the modern age; the OS is small and quite speedy on even the old junk I tried it on. But SA… there is no way in hades am I going to get management to cough up that kind of cash. If I could, I’d just buy new hardware with Win 7 pro allround. So much for WinTPC. Guess I’m scrapping the old boxes and buying thin clients instead. Without anything Microsoft anywhere NEAR said thin clients.

    • In case you are a vWorkspace customer you should look at the Windows Connector for Zero PCs (Google or Bing “Windows Connector for Zero PCs”).

  4. Since when did a 16Gb HDD constitue being a thin PC?

  5. How’s the Quest vWorkspace client working in your WinTPC system?

    I’m running the WinTPC release candidate and trying to connect to our 7.2 MR1 farm. The apps aren’t launching in my WinTPC (running in Virtual PC though), just pntsc.exe in the background eating up most CPU cycles.

    Any ideas or suggestions are welcome, thanks!

  6. Why not buy the SPYRUS Secure Pocket Drive? You don’t get it as part of your Software Assurance tax like WinTPC, but on the other hand you don’t need to dedicate a PC to it. Instead you carry it in your pocket and boot it on almost any PC that runs Windows. You can switch back and forth between a full PC booted from the HD and a thin client booted from the USB flash drive. Great for temporarily repurposing your home PC (or a friend’s PC) as a thin client for working remotely.


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