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Posted 3 Mar 2000

ShelExec v1.01 - Executing Shell Commands

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A freeware utility to call the ShellExecute API
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  • Introduction

    Welcome to ShelExec v1.01, A very simple utility to allow you to call the ShellExecute API from the command line.

    Installation Requirements
    Contacting the Author


    V1.01 (16 July 1999)
    • Initial public release.

    Installation Requirements

    • The program is for Win32 only and has no external requirements on dlls other than the ones shipped as standard with any Win32 platform.


    Places where you might find ShelExec useful are in adding an Autorun.inf file to your CD-R / CD-RW Discs. For example suppose you have a HTML page called index.htm on the root of your CD which you would like to run automatically whenever the user inserts the CD. All you need to do is put ShelExec.exe, some ico file and the index.htm files into the root directory and create a autorun.inf file with the following contents:

    open=ShelExec.exe index.html

    Items that ShelExec can handle include any file which is registered with the shell e.g. Word .Doc files, Text Files, batch files etc etc. It can also handle URLs such as, and

    The more technically minded of you may say why is there a need to have this program since you can use start filename on autorun CD's without any apparent problems. The problem with this approach is that it does not work on NT because on NT "start" is implemented as an Internal command in cmd.exe (as opposed to a standard exe on 95/98) with the upshot that your CD's will not AutoRun on NT 4 or Windows 2000. Using ShelExec will mean that your CD's will autorun on all OS's which support it.

    Contacting the Author

    PJ Naughter
    16 July 1999


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    PJ Naughter
    United States United States
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