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ShelExec v1.01 - Executing Shell Commands

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3 Mar 2000
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


    This article has no explicit license attached to it but may contain usage terms in the article text or the download files themselves. If in doubt please contact the author via the discussion board below.

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    About the Author

    PJ Naughter
    United States United States
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    Comments and Discussions

    Generalcreating a shell that supports internal commands such as Pin
    Tshilidzi27-May-08 9:47
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    QuestionHow can i programe to make an autorun CD with password with C++ Pin
    Alloch20-Jul-06 2:21
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    GeneralAutorun Browser in full Screen Mode Pin
    Anonymous5-Oct-04 8:53
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    GeneralRe: Autorun Browser in full Screen Mode Pin
    pjnaughter5-Oct-04 12:51
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    Sadru27-May-03 19:46
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    Does anyone knows, is the MSDOS base application or it is win32?

    GeneralThanks, How can i launch the DUN entry dialog in vc program Pin
    FayeGolf3-Feb-02 19:52
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    GeneralUseful with PHP on Win32 platform Pin
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    GeneralProblems with threads Pin
    Markus Loibl5-Apr-00 0:48
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    GeneralRe: Problems with threads Pin
    PJ Naughter5-Apr-00 11:58
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    GeneralRe: Problems with threads Pin
    Markus Loibl5-Apr-00 21:17
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    GeneralRe: Problems with threads Pin
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    Generalfail if default-verb is not "open" Pin
    Markus Loibl5-Apr-00 0:44
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    GeneralRe: fail if default-verb is not Pin
    PJ Naughter5-Apr-00 11:54
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    GeneralRe: fail if default-verb is not Pin
    PJ Naughter9-Apr-00 13:09
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    GeneralOther verbs Pin
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    GeneralRe: Other verbs Pin
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