Shell (Compact 2013)


The shell provides the user with an interface to the objects necessary for running applications and managing the Windows Embedded Compact operating system on a Windows Embedded Compact powered device. These objects are either objects on the device, such as files and folders; virtual objects, such as the Recycle Bin; or remote objects accessed through a network.

Windows Embedded Compact allows you to implement different types of shells, from simple command-line interfaces to fully customized graphical user interfaces. A Windows Embedded Compact shell consists of modules and components that each provides a specific area of shell functionality.

To select a shell for your OS and customize it, see Shell Catalog Items and Sysgen Variables.

For reference information, see Shell Reference and Shell Registry Settings.

Source code for this feature is available at %_WINCEROOT%\PUBLIC\SHELL and %_WINCEROOT%\PUBLIC\SHELLSDK.