Disabling the task bar and start menu

Posted on 2008-11-10
Last Modified: 2013-11-11
Hi - I'm trying to disable the start menu and task bar on a large number of Windows XP embedded machines.

My problem is that the machines are playing media but some clients have worked out if they reboot and click the start bar - they have time to get iexplore running before media player locks them out which is a nightmare for me.

I've tried renaming the registry key:

but this has no effect. Any suggestions?
Question by:deathbybatfile
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    The method I have found quite effective for doing something similar is to stop the Explorer process from launching completely. There is a registry key - in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon called 'Shell'. At present, it would be set to 'Explorer.exe', since that is the application launched at logon, but if you change that to the EXE of the media player program, you will block the Task Bar from loading, full stop. The program which will launch is the one you specify in that key.

    Be sure, however, that you have access to another user account and task manager, so if you do need to manage the XPe machine, you can access Task Manager and go to File, Run and enter explorer.exe to launch explorer and use the system as usual.


    Author Comment

    That's genius thanks - I should have thought of that!

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks for the swift response - saves me some grief!

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