October 10th, 2009, 01:55 AM
Replacing the desktop instead of running in a window?
Hello, I have a WPF application which runs in a Window. I would like to change that and have it replace the Windows desktop (this makes sense since the application is a file manager, among other things.).
I am in need of some generic explanation of how to do that because I have no clue if it's possible and how. So far I only understand that I'll probably have to call some Win32 functions. I am imagining something like "take the hwnd H of your wpf window, call GetDesktopWindow() as W, take the parent P of W, and replace H as the child of P". (This is what I seem to understand that I probably have to do, but I may be completely wrong. For example, I may need to implement some COM interfaces or create shell extensions.).
Currently I am browsing the source code of some "shell replacements" like geoshell, but I still can't locate the piece of code which replaces the desktop, and I am not sure this would apply to a WPF application anyway. So, I would be very grateful if somebody pointed at the right direction. Thank you very much for any pointers.
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