Some applications to add to Compact 2013 OS that were available in previous versions of Windows Embedded Compact/CE but not part of the current version.
Version 3.0 now available (Soon)
- ARM version of Task Manger works.
- MinShell is now part of this download
- Registry Editor added
- Apps can be listed in a separate run menu one or two deep in a specified folder
- SIP can be shown/hidden from relevant applications
- Can show and hide Taskbar from within TaskManager.
- With source for C# Visual Studio projects for apps, can build them directly with OS Subprojects
- This extra source (The C# VS Projects for the apps)s is not included in this download
- EXCEPT for the Prototype App.
- Full source available soon upon request.
- Various other minor tweaks.
Version 2.0 was a major reworking of directories so it fits properly into 3rdParty folder.
Can also get via TFS from Source Code page.
With Windows Embedded Compact 2013 (WEC 2013) the OS components were streamlined. Some components are no longer optional (automatically included) some others are no longer available. This is because WEC 2013 refocuses this embedded OS from being a multipurpose
OS to be specifically targeted at lean and mean embedded systems. With the removal of such things as the Windows 95 shell, native code control panel applets, the web browser, File Explorer. Task Manager and editor (Wordpad), it is no longer possible to
simply implement an OS that functions as a general purpose desktop OS. Some of those components are useful though in the OS development phase.
This project "mocks up" some of the removed applications as Managed Code applications.
Compact 2013 MinShell
The MinShell component that is in the WEC 2013 Catalog provides a mechanism for implementing a form of a start menu. The only component available with it though is the command prompt. Items can be added to the menu through the registry, as when the OS starts
it iterates through a list in registry. The
Compact13MinShell Codeplex project implements this for some applications such as ipconfig.exe. From Version 3.0 of that project, all applications that are part of this project are conditionally available on its run menu.
These two projects work together. If you just want these applications in your OS then just include them in your OS. If you also what to run them directly from MinShell then add the
Compact13MinShell project to your OS (removing the WEC 2013 MinShell component of course).
Applications Available with this Project
Compact 2013 Tools Apps V3.0
Now included in this project from https://compact13minshell.codeplex.com/
||Use this as "the shell" instead. It launches 'Minshell in a loop so that if Minshell exits/crashes it is relaunched.
||Can browse file system to choose app and launch it. Can navigate to shortcuts as well.
||A simple implementation of a Task Manager to switch to applications and close applications via their windows. Can also launch new tasks as per Compact13RunApp. This version PInvokes a DLL to do the Window Enums (Works in ARM).
||Required by 'Taskmanager. The Native Code DLL (OS Subproject) that enumerates app windows and gets their text. Handles the Callbacks.
||A simple Web Browser implementation in IE style using the Compact Framework WebBrowser component.
||A text editor with similar UI to the Windows classic Notepad,
|| The CoreCon modules required for debugging SDK Managed Code apps.
|Included from http://RegEdt4CE.codeplex.com Additional functionality: Flush Registry
||Takes directory from command line and list all apps one or two deep in a menu for launching. Default directories are \Windows and \Temp.
||Template project for creating additional tools
||Simple Native Code app that writes to its Window text. TaskManager will differentiate between such apps as it uses Window text. TaskManager cannot differentiate between apps called Console.
The Big Picture
Whilst these applications have been "mocked up" use C# Managed Code (Compact Framework) it is envisaged that this project can be extended in the following ways as Community Input is invited:
- Refine the existing Managed Code apps through improved and additional functionality.
- Add more (Managed Code)
apps (A Wishlist):
- Control Panel and CP applets (Next Version4.0)
- Registry editor. Done
- Implement the apps in native and MFC code.
- Implement the apps in XAML code
- Also implement the Compact13Minshell in XAML
- Control panel applets are already implemented
Use these components in developmental OS's only and remove from shipped versions.