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I would like to re-map existing shortcuts, right-clicks, etc so Q-Dir is opened instead of default Windows Explorer.

short of renaming ``explorer.exe in Windows folder - are there any settings I need to look at? maybe in Registry somewhere?

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+1, Great question. – Moab Feb 4 '11 at 0:20
if the solution provided worked, please make sure to mark the answer as accepted. Thanks! – nhinkle Feb 15 '11 at 0:38
up vote 7 down vote accepted

Run regedit.exe, go to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon] find "shell" string and change value from explorer.exe on Q-dir with full path, then reboot.

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it worked. thanks – webwesen Feb 4 '11 at 15:13

There is a program called InstantSheller that can start programs instead of the Windows shell.

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It does essentially what Ratin's answer does in the registry, with a few more UI options.

I use it to boot my HTPC's software, hiding the Windows boot logo, login screen and explorer. You can revert the changes by opening the application again and clicking undo.

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