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Consider the following scenario:

  • In a Windows Embedded Compact 7-based image, you disable the Enable access to desktop files setting under the KITL settings for Core Service Settings.

  • You start a build of the image.

  • You run the DIR \release command to access the Release Directory.

In this scenario, you can access the Release Directory unexpectedly. You expect not to be able to access the Release Directory because you disabled the Enable access to desktop files setting.


  • This problem occurs for a debug or other Windows Embedded Compact 7-based image.

  • When you disable the Enable access to desktop files setting, you would expect that access to the Release Directory and to the Alternate Release Directory is disabled.

  • When you disable the Enable access to desktop files setting, remote tool connectivity is also disabled.


Software update information

A supported software update is now available from Microsoft as Windows Embedded Compact 7 Monthly Update December 2011. In the "File information" section, the package file name contains the processor type.

Note This Windows Embedded Compact 7 Monthly Update is available for download from the following Microsoft Download Center website:

Windows Embedded Compact 7 Updates


This update is supported only if all previously issued updates for this product have also been installed.

Restart requirement

After you apply this update, you must perform a clean build of the whole platform. To do this, use one of the following methods:

  • On the Build menu, click Clean Solution, and then click Build Solution.

  • On the Build menu, click Rebuild Solution.

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this software update.

Update replacement information

This update does not replace any other updates.

File information

The English version of this software update package has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.

Files that are included in this update package

File name

File size






15-Dec- 2011


Program files\Common files\Microsoft shared\Corecon \5.01\Bin





Program files \Microsoft platform builder\7.00\Corecon\Bin


For more information about how to configure settings for core services, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) website:

Target Device Connectivity Options: Core Service SettingsFor more information about the release directory file system, visit the following MSDN website:

Release Directory File System Registry Settings (Windows Embedded Compact 7)For more information about the DIR command to display files and subdirectories, visit the following MSDN website:

DIR Windows CE .NETFor more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

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