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Changing Windows Logon Shell

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Scary_Std, Jul 27, 2011.

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  1. Scary_Std

    Scary_Std Thread Starter

    Jul 14, 2011
    I am trying to change the default windows logon shell value (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon\Shell) to an image file. I am well aware that explorer.exe will no longer start, But would like to be able to choose what starts up on the machine. This is not for malicious purposes, it is for a training session at my University on malware, and the typical things that viruses can do, such as changing this shell value to say, a fake Anti-virus program .exe.

    Basically, I am wanting to find out if the default Windows shell value can be changed to anything other than a .exe
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