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Posted 22 Oct 2012

Windows Mobile: Kiosk Mode – Clear Today and Programs

, 22 Oct 2012 CPOL
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Windows Mobile: Kiosk Mode – Clear Today and Programs

This time, I combined a set of functions to clear the Start Menu and the Today/Home Screen.



Empty the Start Menu

The Start Menu is cleared by removing all files below “\Windows\Start Menu” (using SHGetSpecialFolderPath) after the whole bunch has been backed up into a zip file (using Ionic compact framework library: Additionally, one registry key has to be changed to remove the Setting icon (HKLM\Security\Shell\StartInfo:HideSettings).

If the Settings icon has been changed, you need to reboot the device to make it visible or not.

Empty the Home Screen

All items in the home screen are enabled via the registry. The tool simply iterates through all subkeys of HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Today\Items and sets Enabled=0. Before doing so, another Backup is created with the current settings (using XML and serialization). Additionally, some other reg keys have to be changed: One is HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Today:Date to hide the Date item. Another is
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Today:Enabled and, to disable the Home screen will popup periodically, HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Shell\Rai:SessionTimeout.

After changing the Home screen items via an app, the device has to be rebooted.


The tool enables you to play with the above settings. It does backups before removing all the default stuff, so you can restore the settings later on.

Source Code and Binary

The source code (VS2008, WM 6.5.3 DTK, CF3.5, C#) and a binary inside can be downloaded from here.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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QuestionShow only "Date & Time" on the Today Screen Pin
kcmmi10-May-13 12:41
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AnswerRe: Show only "Date & Time" on the Today Screen Pin
hjgode10-May-13 21:03
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GeneralRe: Show only "Date & Time" on the Today Screen Pin
kcmmi26-Jun-13 4:53
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GeneralRe: Show only "Date & Time" on the Today Screen Pin
hjgode29-Jul-13 20:59
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