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Windows 7: Using CMD as the default shell

19 Feb 2018   #1
kackiz

Point Linux; using windows 7 32-bit
 
 
Using CMD as the default shell

It has been brought to my attention that by using the registry, we can change the default shell from explorer.exe to, say, powershell, or the command prompt. I've been having a lot of fun with this, as I've always wanted an operating system similar to DOS, but where you could execute modern 64-bit programs. This is very similar to what I wanted, but not quite, as the Command prompt does not support full-screen as we all know.

I wanted to know if there are other shell programs I can use besides explorer, CMD, or powershell. Maybe different shells that one can download off the internet as thought they were Linux desktops such as GNOME, KDE or Xfce?

P.S: The Registry key I'm referring to is:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon


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19 Feb 2018   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

There various explorer replacements you could use. You could also take a look at winxshell, normally used for pe, might work for what you want.
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19 Feb 2018   #3
kackiz

Point Linux; using windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Maybe I'm misusing winxshell, but it looks like a bad copy of the windows 10 shell. You said there are numerous explorer replacements we can use, but I was wondering if there aren't any shell replacements. WnxShell is certainly one, but it looks very bad and again, just like windows 10. What else is there?
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19 Feb 2018   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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19 Feb 2018   #5
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Takes me back to the good old days when there was pctools and Norton desktops
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19 Feb 2018   #6
kackiz

Point Linux; using windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Now that is more of what I was looking for. Thanks!
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