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Replace Explorer Shell in Windows XP

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I would like to replace the Explorer shell on Startup with Winamp.  I will be running this computer in my car and do not need any functionality of explorer.  I know in windows 98 all you do is change the shell= to whatever application you want in the system.ini file.  I am not sure how to do it in windows XP.  Any ideas?

I do not want to use any of those shell switching programs.  I just want to start winamp on startup and that is it
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Take a look at this link:

http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/849/

Implement a User Based Custom Shell (Windows 2000/XP)
Windows allows you to selectively specify the system shell based on the logged in user. For example this allows one user to use the standard explorer interface and another to use the legacy progman shell.
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Then all you would need to do is have a specific user auto-logged on, which you can use TweakUI to set.
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I found a solution like that, but how do I go back to Explorer without having to make a user?
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That link doesnt go to the actual post.
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If you have the computer configured to auto-login, and need to get in with another user, you can hold down the shift button, and it will stay at the login page.
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i searched for "replace shell windows xp"
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There is only one I found from your search that is anything close to answering your question, which is doing the same as I have suggested above.

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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"Shell"="explorer.exe"
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This one is more permanent.  My suggestions above are not permanent when you use the "User Key" registry setting.
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If you are any good at programming or have visual basic 6 at least you can always make a lil utility that starts up using that registry key and then gives you like 30 seconds or how ever long you want it to wait to allow you to choose which one you want to start, winamp or explore.exe ?

I am not sure if that would work but it is worth a try, I can try it out on this computer and make the utility and send it to you if it works ?
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Let me know if you would like me to try this because this was just a thought I had when I saw this post:

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Date: 08/30/2004 07:12PM PDT

So like I said I was not sure if it would work ?
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that would be great gecko.
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Where would I send it, FYI - I tried doing it but I cant get it to work right because winamp isnt actually a shell for windows. How ever I tried something different and I can make my utility start with windows and you can select winamp or explorer however when you select explorer it opens up windows explorer.

The best I can do is send you the vb source code and you can see if you can alter it to achieve what you want ?

I tried making it load just winamp and it just gave me the windows desktop and the only thing I could run was task manager which allowed me to run the regedit thank god lol.
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could you send it to
mmajewski at moric dot org

thanks for your help~
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Thanks Luniz2k1, works good now.  Just what I wanted.
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