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The main module of the Windows CE operating system. The kernel provides system services for managing threads, memory, and resources.

kernel call
A kernel routine that causes the kernel to turn off preemption and not allow other threads to run.

kernel debugger
A debugging application that refines and debugs an operating system image. The kernel debugger works like an application debugger except that it is capable of debugging operating systems in addition to applications.

kernel profiling
The process of analyzing kernel calls by recording all call times, including minimum, maximum, and average times.

1. A field or expression used to identify a record; often used as the index field for a database table.
2. The complete registry subkey path of a registry value.

Key Binary Large Object (key BLOB)
A key BLOB provides a way to store keys outside of the cryptographic service provider (CSP) and are used to transfer keys securely from one CSP to another. A key BLOB consists of a standard header followed by data representing the key.

key container
A place where cryptographic key pairs are stored. Each key container stores all of the key pairs belonging to a specific user.

key pair
A private key and a public key generated as part of the operating system image building process.

keyboard accelerator
1. In applications, a key or key combination used to perform a defined function. Also called shortcut key.
2. In hardware, a device that speeds or enhances the operation of one or more subsystems, leading to improved application performance.

keyboard entry
Allows you to use a set of keys for typing text and entering commands.