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How do I change the default Windows shell from explore.exe to my own custom shell in Windows 98?

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Edit %WINDIR%\system.ini using a text editor (or use msconfig.exe). The default shell is defined in section [boot], variable shell.

[boot]
shell=Explorer.exe
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This is old school. On Windows 3.x, I hear a popular replacement was fileman.exe (File Manager), which reminds ppl of Total Commander. – surfasb Jan 16 '12 at 23:33
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@surfasb: It actually was the default file manager program on Windows 3.x (and it was winfile.exe). Have some more oldschool. – grawity Jan 16 '12 at 23:48
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@grawity - Whaddya mean "old school". This is top tech, bleeding edge !!! – Rook Jan 16 '12 at 23:50
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@surfasb - They are charlie.amigaspirit.hu/temp/windows-1-vs-8.jpeg :) – Rook Jan 17 '12 at 0:18
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@ldigas: I can go forward and show pictures of a baby Explorer.exe. (It's not a matter of having "been there"; it's just fun to go back "there" again.) – grawity Jan 17 '12 at 0:23

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