Change Windows® Shell
Discuss methods to change Windows Shell.
Windows Shell is a graphical interface of Windows system. It is used by Windows system to load new programs into system's memory. It is also used to display various system contents in the system hard drive while opening Explorer or My Computer menus. This provides various components to work with the existing operating system. There are also various numbers of objects to access remote connection and accessing the components in Recycle Bin. Windows Shell resides as the appearance of Windows that the user views and making programs and files available through pop-up menus and toolbars point-and-click landscape of icons. This Windows shell can be replaced with any of the third party shells which are advanced with various additional features.
Following are various types of Windows shell and the method to change the existing Windows shell:
- Types of Windows shell
- Change shell by all users
- Change shell by current user
Types of Windows shell
Various types of shells are available. With all those shells, you can replace Windows shell. Sharpe Shell is one among such shells. This shell is comparatively easy to work with. LiteStep is another type of shell which lets you to create custom desktop interfaces which will be useful to you. LiteStep's modular structure is an important feature in it and this enables the addition or removal of any aspect of desktop interface. GeoShell is also a replacement shell for Windows shell. Various plug-ins added with this shell will help you to add additional functionalities.
Change shell by all users
To change shell through this method, you need to open registry editor by typing 'regedit' command in Run. You need to visit HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon and change the shell with any other shells. You just need to provide the path name of replacement shell for example C:Litesteplitestep.exe. Then you can log out from the system and the shell will be changed when you login in next time.
The initial step for changing the shell by current user and all other users are same. The users need to add a new string value after selecting the current shell. You can do this by selecting the String Value option from New in Edit menu and the value can be set in the shell path name by which you want to replace the existing one. Then, you can log out from the system.
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