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  Console FAQ
By Chris De Herrera, Copyright 1998, 1999
 Version 1.02  Revised 6/4/99

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As part of Windows CE 2.11 which is now shipping in the H/PC Pro and the Handheld PC 2000 is a new environment called a console.  It is a shell application that looks similar to DOS. It is not a DOS emulator but a way to use a command line interface within Windows CE.   You are limited to 10 different console windows or applications at any given time.   In order to use the console, you must use Start - Run - CMD.  Then you will see the command prompt.  At the command prompt you can launch applications by typing their name and pressing enter.  Also, once you are connected to a network, you can view a list of network shares in a directory called \network.  To add shares to the \network directory, you need to use "net use directory \\server\share".   Although the \network directory is not visible in Pocket IE, you can access specific shares in the form of  \network\share.

Here's an example of the help screen:

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As you can see, you can perform many of the tasks as you would on a Windows NT console or a Windows 95/98 DOS shell.  Developers are now able to create character based applications that are compatible with Windows CE very easily using the standard "C" console functions.  3rd parties created console applications that were similar in terms of their commands. They were not available for creating character based applications though.

Windows CE 2.0 does not have a console, however a 3rd party has developed one.  You can learn more about it at the Windows CE Console Application Developers page which includes ready to use applications as well as development information.

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