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Shortcuts without a shell?


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Hi there.

Since I'm the ultimate performance hunter on this planet I don't use a shell anymore.
But I hate it to first use CTRL+ALT+DEL to bring up the Run Dialog after 2 more clicks.

So I was hoping, since I have no use for the Windows-key anymore, that that key can be assigned the function to show me the Run Dialog.

Is that possible through either the registry?
I know it's possible somehow, even without shell, CTRL+ALT+DEL is a shortcut too, right!?

Hehe, I got a lot more questions, but they all regard the same subject, so if I get help on this thingy, I'm sure I'll make my way through the other questions.

Thanks in advance man!
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the run dialogue is part of explorer, so if you run without explorer as the shell, you cannot access it

Likewise, the NEW TASK box is part of task manager, and cannot be run without task manager
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Thank you for that information. I didn't know it wasn't the same as in Taskmgr. I did some research and this is what I learned. Thank you for pointing me.

There is an application window in svchost loaded.
It's when shortcuts can't find it's source.
Then you can use Browse. That browse button is initialized by a hidden Run Dialog. It's actually not hidden, but it's the original Run Dialog being morphed by the svchost.
It then shows the browsing window.

So if svchost can summon it, then the Run Dialog is possible to be summoned.

A keyboard key can be asigned to a shortcut of a batchfile. And batchfiles can influence svchost while it's running. (part of windows) So the batchfile COULD, in theory, summon the Run Dialog. Because the Run Dialog isn't changed by svchost anymore (because it was summoned without the redesigning parameters) it shows a normal looking Run Dialog.
And so works in the same way.

So, thank you for your information.
Now my new question is, can a shortcut be made by editing the registry?
If yes, then I could make that batchfile that gives signals to svchost.

Thank you for your time. I appreciate it.
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I have no idea what you are talking about. Of course, this is not the first time that I haven't understood what a visitor was asking for---it's not even the first time today.

But, uh, what? Maybe if you pointed to what you are reading?

In the meantime, something that may work in its place is a little mini-shell called GO

http://www.shellcity.net/go/go.htm
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I'll give that a try. If it won't help I need some modifications to do. It's that important to me to devote my studies to it.

That text was from a book. I took a few old-skool books from the shelve. It's 2 years old and WinXP hasn't changed a bit.

Thnx for showing me that GO-shell, it sounds just the thing for me, for what I read on the homepage. And it's just the thing for me.

Edited by IO-error, 02 June 2006 - 07:28 PM.

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That GO-shell still needs Explorer to run. Which means it will eat more RAM than normal.
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???

I am running it right now without explorer
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Weird, because when I booted Go, it also booted explorer.
It just leeched itself to where the start-button used to be.
But I'll be better off without a shell. Thank for your time.
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perhaps it needs explorer to start? I ran go, then closed explorer....

Maybe one of these will work for you--not no shell, but shell replacements that use very few resources

http://shellcity.net...rch=yes&topic=A
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Yes, thank you, I found Run!. And I am testing it on school now.
K, this thread is done, lockit :whistling:
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