If you’re not familiar with what a PowerToy is, the Windows XP Powertoy page has a pretty good description:
PowerToys add fun and functionality to the Windows experience. What are they? PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released.
Note: We take great care to ensure that PowerToys work as they should, but they are not part of Windows and are not supported by Microsoft. For this reason, Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about PowerToys.
Brandon on shell blog —”In this series of blog posts, I’m going to describe a PowerToy that I’ve been working on by telling you about how it was developed. In addition to the short history of my particular project, I will touch on the following in this series:“
- Writing a Sidebar Gadget.
- Accessing the Windows Search indexer APIs from script.
- Hosting a .NET control in a Sidebar Gadget.
- Accessing the Windows Search query APIs from .NET.
- Leveraging the Windows Shell APIs to retrieve thumbnails, context menus, and more from search result items – also from .NET.