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App-V and applications with custom shell extensions

Microsoft Application Virtualization doesn’t support applications that use shell extension handlers implemented with a custom dynamic-link library (DLL), its because this would require providing Windows Explorer access to virtual environment. Shell extensions are sometimes referred to as Shell integration. Some apps allow disabling of their customer shell extensions. If app you would like to sequence allows you to disable shell extension it probably can be sequenced in App-V. Shell extensions are in-process Component Object Model (COM) objects that extend abilities of Windows operating system. For more information about Shell Extension Handlers check out MSDN article, you can use sysinternals tool Autoruns to view installed Explorer shell extensions. And refer case study about Sequencing Applications for Deployment at Microsoft.

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