The shell on your device provides a user interface and access to files and applications. The following list shows the shells that you can choose from, and customize for use, in your run-time image:
- Explorer shell
- Command shell
- Task Manager shell
The standard shells provided by Microsoft may be most beneficial as tools for developing your device. If you have a specialized device, you may want to use your main application as a custom shell in your final run-time image. For example, a retail point of sale (RPOS) terminal, a set-top box, or a touch screen in a kiosk each presents a custom shell to the user.
In addition, some of the shell customization that you can do includes defining the way Plug and Play (PnP), balloon pop-ups, and message boxes are handled in your run-time image.
In This Section
- How to Create a Customized Shell
- Describes the end-to-end procedure for creating a customized shell for your device.
- Custom Shells
- Describes custom shells and common scenarios for creating and deploying them in your run-time image configuration.
- Creating a Custom Shell Component
- Describes how to create a component that will display a specified application as a shell in your run-time image.
- Plug and Play
- Describes how to prevent Plug and Play and enable silent Plug and Play in your run-time image.
- Message Box and Balloon Pop-Up Interception
- Describes how to customize how your device responds to error messages, message boxes, service messages, or balloon pop-ups.
- Explorer Shell
- Describes the Explorer shell component, its default settings, how it can be configured, and the components that are commonly used with it.
- Author Components and Customize Shells
- Describes the componentization phase of the development process. During this phase you create components for your applications and device drivers, create custom shells, and customize existing shells.
- Design a Run-Time Image
- Describes the design phase of the development process. During this phase you can choose the components required for your run-time image.
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