Shell Application Compatibility

The Shell Application Compatibility component is a macro component that bundles most of the user interface elements that are contained in the Windows® Explorer shell. This component includes components for all Control Panel items and for all shell Explorer components.

Add the Shell Application Compatibility component to your configuration to help with testing and troubleshooting issues in your configuration that are related to application compatibility. You can use this macro component to find missing dependencies in your run-time image. After the component is added to your configuration and your application works, you can exclude unnecessary components from the configuration to reduce the footprint of your run-time image.


There are no services associated with this component.


No other components interact with this component.


This component can be configured by using Target Designer to exclude specified components from the bundle while you test and troubleshoot. Because this component supports a broad range of Windows shell applications, its footprint is sizeable. To reduce the footprint of your run-time image, in Target Designer on the Components tab, clear the check boxes for all shell components that are not required in your configuration.


This component is related to two other components: the User Interface Core component, and the Standard Start Menu Shortcuts component. To enable functionality among the user interface elements that are provided by the Shell Application Compatibility component, you must modify the settings of each of these in Target Designer.

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