Windows Thin PC is a thin client operating system from Microsoft, released on June 6, 2011. It is based on Windows Embedded Standard 7. Windows Thin PC is a lightweight version of Windows 7 for installation on low performance PCs.

WinTPC is a locked down version of Windows 7, and hence, will be able to run on any device capable of running Windows 7.


  • 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.


WinTPC offers an excellent thin client experience by locking down the PC through write filters, while still providing users with a superior remote desktop experience through RemoteFX support. IT can deploy and manage WinTPC images for multiple PCs using System Center Configuration Manager, and push updates to these PCs using Windows Update or Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

Microsoft recommends that customers begin their journey to thin clients by first repurposing existing PCs as thin clients with WinTPC and evaluate the benefits they would get with this architecture. Once WinTPC device hardware get decommissioned, customers can then purchase new Windows Embedded Thin Clients from our OEM partners without having to make changes to their existing management and security policies.

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