This is related to my previous question. Apparently I didn't know what I thought I knew..

Like said in my last post, I am looking to make a kiosk where when it starts up, it goes straight into iexplore without loading up explorer.exe.

I set the current logon shell to iexplore, but that didn't work.

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

perhaps somebody could help me back on track?

  • You should elaborate the "didn't work" part: some error message? incorrect behaviour?
    – fluxtendu
    Feb 13, 2010 at 8:05

4 Answers 4


well, that can't work unless you add the path to iexplore.exe to the environment variables, or change the value of 'Shell' to:

C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE

you may have to press ctrl + alt + del to logon.


According microsoft support the value should be iexplore -k http://www.yoursite.com

And maybe autologon could help.


Well, that should just work. The only step you are missing is automatically logging in.

Though, if you want to go for a secure kiosk solution, try SteadyState, it's free.

Why didn't How can I prevent explorer starting as a shell in a kiosk setting help?

  • i forgot to note that I'm using win xp embedded. (I am testing it by logging off & logging on) what I get when I log on is (after logging in, working on that next) is a blank screen. Explorer didn't load, as expected, but IE doesn't either
    – KevinDeus
    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:28

You may be better off trying to load something like Firefox. iexplore and explorer are very tightly interwoven.

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