I would like to disable windows explorer from starting up. Mainly because I want to attempt working only out of the task manger using the run dialog.
I am aware your not supposed to, but I am curious if it's possible or not.
If you're running Windows XP/Vista/7:
For Windows 9x:
You can set taskmgr.exe to be your shell.
It is possible, yes. Though as you state, not ideal. Without the main explorer.exe running, you will not have a desktop/window manager unless you start or are running another one.
However, for Windows XP the steps to disable explorer on startup should be:
Go to Start -> Run -> Type in
Navigate to the following tree structure: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows NT -> CurrentVersion -> Winlogon
Change the value of the