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What is shell32.dll?

Part of DLL comum do Shell do Windows by Microsoft

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How does shell32.dll run?

Process - shell32.dll is an instance of a running program. This 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. shell32.dll is executed by the process svchost.exe (Host Process for Windows Services by Microsoft).

How does shell32.dll start?

Shell execute hook - shell32.dll has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {AEB6717E-7E19-11d0-97EE-00C04FD91972}. Shell execute hook are applications that extend the set of strings that can be executed by Windows. For example, Internet Explorer used a shell execute hook so that you could type http://www.microsoft.com/ into the Run dialog and invoke the Web browser.
Shell open command - shell32.dll is typically associtated with identifier name of msstylesfile with and identifier of C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe C:\Windows\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL C:\Windows\system32\desk.cpl desk,@Appearance /ActioC:OpenMSTheme /filC:"%1". A Shell Open Command allows for an association of a file extension and a program. This association allows an application to be run when the icon or a context menu item is clicked upon in the Windows Explorer window.
Context menu handler - shell32.dll is typically associtated with identifier name of Open With. Windows Explorer displays a context menu for a file object when it is clicked with the right mouse button. This context menu allows various operations to be performed on the file object from within Explorer, like printing it or opening it with another program.
Search handler - shell32.dll is typically associtated with identifier name of ShellSearch. The Shell supports several search utilities that allow users to locate namespace objects such as files or printers. You can create a custom search engine and make it available to users by implementing and registering a search handler.
Autoplay handler - shell32.dll is typically associtated with identifier name of MSCDBurningOnArrival with and identifier of SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\MSCDBurningOnArrival. Autoplay will scan removable media, when it arrives, looking for media content types (music, graphics, or video). When a removable media arrives, Windows determines what actions to perform by evaluating the content and comparing it to registered handlers for that content. An application will register a handler for Autoplay events associated with a media type.
Copy hook handler - shell32.dll is typically associtated with identifier name of FileSystem. Normally, users and applications can copy, move, delete, or rename folders with few restrictions. A program that implements a copy hook handler can control whether these operations take place. For instance, a copy hook handler can prevent critical folders from being renamed or deleted.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the shell32.dll process running.Of the 0.2% of shell32.dll users, 20.0% have disabled it.
How stable is DLL comum do Shell do Windows?
Based on crash data discovered by Boost, stability is a measure of how sound this particular process and the average percent of times it crashes.
Typical program1.26%
How resource intensive is shell32.dll?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00004% CPU405.2%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          3.67 MB RAM17.0%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
         15 GDI objects10.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
     9 context switches/sec9.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:

Are there other versions of DLL comum do Shell do Windows?

What else is related?

DLL comum do Shell do Windows Stability

shell32.dll crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Occurred on: April 21, 2014
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Occurred: over 6 months ago
Error: Stopped responding and was closed (AppHangXProcB1)
Details: A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.
Occurred: over 3 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Home Basic (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)

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File details

File name: shell32.dll
Name: DLL comum do Shell do Windows
Description: Sistema operacional Microsoft® Windows®
Version: 6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850)
Product version: 6.1.7601.17514
Size: 13.52 MB
Original file name: SHELL32.DLL

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0002943577%
Privileged CPU: 0.0002538338%
User CPU: 0.00004052397702%
Privileged CPU time: 156233.05 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 286,146,739
CPU cycle count /min: 1,239,729
Context switches /sec: 9
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 66.24 MB
Peak committed memory: 68.8 MB
Paged memory: 3.67 MB
Peak paged memory: 4 MB
Paged system memory: 127.71 KB
Non-paged system memory: 8.88 KB
Working set memory: 3.84 MB
Peak working set memory: 13.64 MB
Min working set memory: 3.6 MB
Private memory: 3.67 MB
Page faults: 3,750
Page faults /min: 1
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 3
Total read transfer: 388 Bytes
Total other operations: 407
Other operations /min: 1
Total other transfer: 3.45 KB
Other Transfer /min: 0 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 15
Peak GDI objects: 16
USER objects: 6
Peak USER objects: 12
Handle count average: 91
Thread count average: 4
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 64-bit
Parent Processes
Process Commands
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,SHCreateLocalServerRunDll {995C996E-D918-4a8c-A302-45719A6F4EA7} -Embedding
"C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe" Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl

Shell execute hook details

CLSID: {AEB6717E-7E19-11d0-97EE-00C04FD91972}

Shell open command details

Name: themefile
Command: C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe C:\Windows\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL C:\Windows\system32\desk.cpl desk,@Themes /ActioC:OpenTheme /filC:"%1"

Context menu handler details

Name: New

Search handler details

Name: ShellSearch

Autoplay handler details

Name: MSCDBurningOnArrival
Command: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\MSCDBurningOnArrival

Copy hook handler details

Name: FileSystem

Image hashes

MD5: 427015d56df17241f634611557146c57
SHA-1: 3a85d2cfb5b3c7b35282d9ae9268ca1b57aec555

PE image details

File packed: No
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