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Welcome to ShelExec v1.01, A very simple utility to allow you to call the ShellExecute API
from the command line.
V1.01 (16 July 1999)
- 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
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
, some ico file and the index.htm files
into the root directory and create a autorun.inf file with the following contents:
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
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.
16 July 1999