Which registry key starts explorer Windows XP

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I believe the answer you're looking for is:
the Shell value here:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
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myfootsmellsCommented:
More specifically it's

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
myfootsmells -
There is no SHELL key - there is only the Shell Value which I posted.
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myfootsmellsCommented:
no but there is a Shell String Value
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
That's what I said!!  Ok, I didn't use the word "string" - but I quote myself:
"the Shell value here:"
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ceecurtisCommented:
don't make me separate you two! lol
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scrathcyboyCommented:
Sorry, disagree, file Explorer most fundamental part of windows, it start even before hardware detect, because explorer do windows test of BIOS devices like FDD, CD, HDD etc, then it let NTLDR read Reg, and then it let device recognition in reg run tests, then it come up finally in shell for graphical display.  So no, explorer load before almost anything else in windows, because it need validate BIOS devices first before reg can even be validated for hardware devices, interrupts, IRQ etc.  You are only seeing last phase of explorer, coming "back" to load graphic shell.

Remember, windows is NOTHING MORE than FILE EXPLORER, with a pretty graphic front end and a bunch of links to files to run on desktop.  So windows is 99.9% file explorer, and it load from the very first 'get go'./
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I see you've not played with Windows very much - you ever boot to Safe Mode Command Prompt - Explorer has been run then.  Many Point-of-Sale terminals replace the existing "Explorer" shell with their own.  Explorer doesn't do anything with BIOS, the NT Kernel does that.  

I suggest you read up on the Windows boot process:
The short version:
http://www.compphix.com/xpbootprocess.html

The Long version:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_NT_Startup_Process
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sunilcomputerCommented:
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Donwload :-   http://www.sysinternals.com/Files/Autoruns.zip   (OPEN SOURCE)
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This is a Wonderful Tools Which will show you everything about your System Startup and Running Processes.

Download  :-   http://www.sysinternals.com/Files/RegmonNt.zip
Snapshots :-   http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Regmon.html

This tool can show you all the registry key with full path, accessed at Runtime. Double Click on any Key will open Registry Editor and Point to that key at Runtime.

Download    :-  http://www.sysinternals.com/Files/FilemonNt.zip
ScreenShot :- http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Filemon.html

Shows all the Files with full path accessed at Runtime.

More Similar Tools :-
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sunilcomputerCommented:
I am sure you didn't looked at above Links. Look Them.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
sunilcomputer - the question was "Which registry key starts explorer Windows XP" - these tools do provide various features for monitoring starting programs and possibly even discovering the the appropriate location... but beyond that, they are, in my opinion, only an aside to this question.
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sunilcomputerCommented:
and In my openion, we should provide a permanent solution as possible.

When the Author will require another similar answer for the same type of question then in your openion he has to ask again and so on for ever.
 
Let the Author say something...

Afterall, you did a good effort. I appreciate.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I guess I view this question differently - in my experience, this question is not asked when one wants to see what starts up and what doesn't, this question is asked when one wants to know how to change the shell from Explorer to something else.  You by no means hurt anything by posting what you posted, but the second comment, "I am sure you didn't looked at above Links. Look Them." is what prompted my most recent comments.  To me, your comments are on something of a seperate topic - no, not entirely unrelated, but based on my interpretation of the question, they aren't terribly on topic.
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sunilcomputerCommented:
I never claimed that I gave a closed answer to the asked question.

But what I emphesis is the thing that author should have a solution for Future also and hence can take a look if required.
Basically This :-
  Download  :-   http://www.sysinternals.com/Files/RegmonNt.zip
  Snapshots :-   http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Regmon.html
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