Boot directly into application when power is cut

August 22, 2012 at 08:17:07
Specs: Windows XP Pro
I have an application that I replaced the windows shell with so that windows would boot directly into the app instead of loading the desktop. After doing some testing I found that windows doesn't boot directly into the app when the power is cut. It will start and bring you to a blank screen and stay like that, then to do anything I have to invoke the Task Manager. Is there a way to work around this so that when the power returns to the computer windows will boot directly into the app?

To replace the shell I went into RegEdit and changed explorer.exe with the file path and name of my application.

I am running Windows XP Pro.

Any help is appreciated.

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August 23, 2012 at 08:03:51
Windows does not boot to an app. Your computer boots to the Windows operating system, then programs can be starting automaticly by being placed in the startup folder or other various ways.

It would help to know which program your are trying to launch when Windows loads, otherwise we're just guessing. Have you tried putting a shortcut to the program in the Startup folder?

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August 23, 2012 at 08:25:20
Thanks for the reply

Im booting into a custom application that I built

I have already replaced the windows shell with the application so that the computer starts and windows boots directly into the app instead of loading explorer.exe so the startup folder wont help.

I have successfully got the computer to boot to the app without starting explorer.exe, but it only works correctly if the computer is restarted correctly. If the computer looses power windows starts but doesn't load anything.

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August 23, 2012 at 09:01:12

This is what I did when I changed the shell. I am not sure if in the above post I described what I did correctly but this will hopefully clear it up.

My end goad here is to have the computer run only my application without any other windows functions available to the user.

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August 23, 2012 at 11:16:09
connect a smart ups to the pc and install the ups software. This will allow for graceful shutdown of the unit so it can come back up again regularly.

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August 24, 2012 at 07:13:05
Thanks for your reply.

Do you know if there is a way I can do it without the ups?

I just want to ensure that if something happens (improper shutdown, power outage, ect.) the computer will only load the one app and only allow the user to access that one app.

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August 24, 2012 at 07:56:58
I have no idea if this will work or simply blow up your machine.

Change 'explorer.exe' to 'old.explorer.exe'
change your app name to 'explorer.exe'


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August 29, 2012 at 09:09:22
Thanks for all reply's

Im not sure what happened, but I got it to work. I clicked install updates and let them install, then I cut the power and it started my application. I'm not sure what it installed but so far it seems to work fine.

Thanks for everyone's help

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