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Thin Client Shell Overview (Windows CE 5.0)

Windows CE 5.0
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The first time that the Windows Thin Client device is turned on, the Windows Thin Client Setup Wizard appears. After the initial setup and configuration of the Thin Client is completed, a user can change the settings by using hot keys or by pressing F2 to display Windows Thin Client property sheets. You must therefore provide hot-key and property sheet support for the user.

You can use the default hot-key settings, or you can modify them. The following list shows the tasks that the user can perform by using hot keys:

  • Bring the shell UI to the foreground.
  • Switch to the next active session without bringing the shell forward.
  • Switch to the default connection if it is running, or start a default connection.

For more information about configuring hot keys, see Configuring the Keyboard in Thin Client.

The following table shows the tools and applications that the thin client shell contains.

Tool or applicationDescription
Screen saverThere are three possible screen savers types: blank, floating-style, and tile-style. These screen saver types are available as public source code.

For more information about these types, see Configuring Screen Savers in Thin Client.

Helper applicationsEach client must have a helper application wizard for creating new connections. Other helper applications might include an application to call to modify connection properties, delete a connection, or handle the licensing agreement process.
Property sheetsProperties Sheets enable the user to change terminal settings after the Setup wizard has initially configured the device. The user gains access to the property sheets by pressing the F2 key. For information about customizing the Setup Wizard and Property Sheet, see Customizing the Setup Wizard and Property Sheets for a Thin Client.
Connection managerA Connection Manager for the Thin Client Shell that calls the helper applications. The shell obtains client information for all connection software that is installed on the system from the registry. The shell does not manage unregistered software.
WTC Connection WizardThis wizard guides the user through the process of configuring a new connection to a terminal server. This wizard is available as public source code.
TS CAL Maintenance toolThis tool is the control panel program that is used to display terminal services (TS) licenses to the user. For information about this tool, see TS CAL Maintenance Tool.
Task ManagerA Task Manager for Thin Client Shell that does not provide the navigation bar in the user interface. All navigation is performed by using hot keys and F2.

For more information, see Customizing the Setup Wizard and Property Sheets for a Thin Client.

See Also

Developing a Windows Thin Client | Thin Client Architecture

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