This program is no longer under active development, but has no known bugs.
ShellOn v2 is the stable version of my shell-switching program for Windows 9x, NT, 2000 and XP.
It has not been tested on Windows Vista; I'd love to hear from anyone who has tried it.
ShellOn v3 has more features, but is less tested.
Well, the main event. What doesn't ShellON do? Well it won't make you a cup
of coffee (sorry), but it will enable you to try out laods of different Windows
interfaces in the time you could otherwise spent making some of the precious
Incase you need them, there are manual uninstall instructions below.
Download ~ 732kB
Here's a quick run down, for more info, download it and check out the readme!
9x, NT, 2000.
Shell Management features
- Define as many different
shells as you want to choose between.
- Have ShellON load a
default shell at start up or let you choose a shell when you boot up.
- A completely safe way
to change you shell.
- Easy to add and delete
- Timer to load a shell
automatically when you are away from your PC.
Load a Shell based
on User Name
- Define a shell to load
for everyone who uses your PC.
- Choose a default shell
to load if ShellON doesn't recognise a user name.
- Define LoginScripts
for each user - load programs, copy files and more when you login.
- Change your wallpaper
on startup, in a random order or sequentially.
- Import and export your
- Apply your wallpapers
as and when you want them.
Start up and Shutdown
- Easily change your
- Organise screens into
sets for quick access and changing.
- Backs up your original
screens, in case you want them back.
So there you have it...!
Here's how to uninstall manually ShellON should you need to, just to assue you its
a painless process!
- Go to Start - Run and enter system.ini
- Find the line that says shell=C:\shellonv2\shellon.exe
- Change it to boot=explorer.exe
- Reboot and you are done.
For 2k/XP it's abit more complex:
- Use Run -> gpedit.msc.
- Go to: User Configuration - Administrative Templates - System
- Edit the Custom User Interface value to explorer.exe. This
should work :)
If this doesn't work, you can go into the registry and change it
- In the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_CURRENT_USER key:
- Look for a string entry called 'Shell'. If it is not there, create a string
entry and name it 'Shell'. Set this value to 'explorer.exe'.