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What I'm looking to do is to start it up, then have it load IE in kiosk mode.

The IE part is easy, (-k) but I'm looking to find out how I can get the computer to start up without explorer.

I've heard its as simple as changing a registry entry. Any clues?

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What exactly do you mean by "without explorer"? –  ChrisF Feb 11 '10 at 17:08
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uhhh.. not there? The same thing as if you were to go into task manager and shut it off.. –  KevinDeus Feb 11 '10 at 17:10

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You can use the following registry key to change the shell that is started on bootup:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon] Shell"="explorer.exe"

However, I recommend you read this ServerFault question which addresses the same issue and has some good insights.

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Yup. Thats the way.. –  Bibhas Feb 11 '10 at 19:11
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FYI, as a follow up: superuser.com/questions/108265/… –  KevinDeus Feb 17 '10 at 0:04

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